Friends & Family Carers (previously known as connected person carers) are people identified with a pre-existing relationship to the child or children brought into care. They may be a relative of the child (aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc.) or friends of birth parents who children's social care assess to see if they can provide the care a child needs when they cannot live with their birth parents.
There are many arrangements by which this could be achieved, but it will always begin with an assessment.
This kind of carer can also be known as Kinship Care. In some circumstances, when a child will remain with that family or friend on a permanent basis, they may apply for a Special Guardianship Order. This is likely to be the latter stages once a child has settled in their care.
For Friends and Family Carers of Newcastle, these resources may benefit you:
Family & Friends Carer Policy (This policy is updated periodically)