There are estimated to be around 200,000 family and friends carers in the UK looking after around 300,000 children because parents are no longer able to fulfill that role. This survey aims to provide a clearer picture of the demographic, personal, economic and financial circumstances of family and friends carers, the children they are looking after and the reasons for children coming into their care.
Despite the growing importance of grandparenting, we know relatively little about its demography, or about how policies in different European countries support different types of grandparental roles. This leads to two key questions: how does the role of grandparents within family life vary across Europe, and how do different family policy frameworks across Europe help shape the role that grandparents play?
The Equality and Human Rights Commission and Grandparents Plus worked in partnership to examine the relationship between older and younger people’s poverty through the grandparent-grandchild relationship. The report focuses on families who are particularly at risk of poverty; single parent families, families with disabled children and/or disabled parents, black and minority ethnic families, and those where grandparents are raising their grandchildren.
The findings from this report shine some light on an under-recognised group who are struggling financially and emotionally, with a majority living at or below the poverty line. Between July and September 2009, Grandparents Plus conducted a survey of 100 family and friends carers who are members of our Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Network to establish the challenges that these carers and the children they care for face.
The involvement of grandparents in the lives of teenage grandchildren.
This unique research presents the views of a representative sample of over 1500 teenagers on their relationships with their grandparents. It reveals just how important grandparents are to them, the role they play and the difference they make in their lives.
Grandparents Plus has been funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to explore where older people’s poverty and child poverty meet around grandparental care. The interim report of this project includes an analysis of British Social Attitudes Survey data from 1998–2007.