The law says that siblings are:
- Brothers and sisters who have at least one parent in common; or
- People who have lived together and have an ongoing ‘sibling-like’ relationship.
For example, a child or young person might consider someone they lived with in a previous placement to be a sibling, even if they don’t have a parent in common. This definition of ‘sibling’ is important and needs to be considered by everyone who is supporting a child or young person.