Forgotten Children provides new evidence of the high numbers of children in kinship carer not getting the support they need from children’s services. The report is based on a survey of 310 grandparents and other kinship carers who are members of Grandparents Plus Grandparents Plus Support Network and includes 420 children.
Promoting the health and wellbeing of older people is a critical policy imperative as the population ages, while social, economic and demographic changes across Europe and the U.S. point to an increasing role for grandparents in providing childcare support to families. This study explores the relationship between grandparents role in providing childcare and health and wellbeing over time using pan European longitudinal data.
Grandparenting in Europe, produced for Grandparents Plus by the Institute for Gerontology at King’s College London, shows that over 40% of grandparents in 12 European countries studied provide grandchild care without the parents present.
This report focuses on the experiences of older grandparents (those aged over 65) who are raising their grandchildren. It finds that many older carers experience isolation, discrimination and a lack of support, and often have health difficulties of their own. They are often reluctant to approach children’s services for help because they do not want interference or fear children may be taken away because of the attitude that people over 65 are ‘too old to care’.
Doing it all? Grandparents, childcare and Employment: Analysis of British Social Attitudes Survey Data from 1998 and 2009. The report presents new data from the BSA 1998 and 2009, to look at the role grandparents play in providing childcare, and how grandparenting has changed over the past decade.
Giving Up the Day Job?, provides new evidence of high numbers of kinship carers falling out of the labour market when they take on the care of children. The report is based on a survey of 263 grandparents and other kinship carers who are members of Grandparents Plus Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Network.