Past Campaigns

June 2012 Kinship Care Month of Action

In June 2012, kinship carers across the country from Dumfries to Northampton and Cardiff to Cambridge organised events, met with politicians and appeared on local media to raise awareness about the needs of children in kinship care and lobby for more support. Find out more about what happened here.

Protect family and friends carers from welfare cuts

In November 2010 Grandparents Plus launched the ‘What if we said no?’ campaign to ensure that grandparents who are raising their grandchildren together with other family and friends carers were protected from the impact of welfare reform and public spending cuts.

Campaign Victory: On 22 June 2012 the government announced that kinship carers would not be required to look for work for up to one year after a child moves in under new Universal Credit arrangements. This is an important victory for the campaign which happened as a result of tireless campaigning by all our supporters and the Kinship Care Alliance.

Well done to all those who took part in this campaign!

 

08 Apr 10 – New Manifesto Grandparents Plus is backing FRG’s manifesto for family and friends carers. Sign up in support, lobby party candidates and find out more here.

01 Mar 10 – NEW CAMPAIGN

We are backing Gingerbread’s lose the labels campaign. Sign up in support here.

01 Jan 10 – Our 2010 Appeal

Grandparents Plus is the national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives – especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances. We are campaigning for greater recognition, respect and reward for family and friends (‘kinship’) carers. These carers, often grandparents, but may be aunts, uncles or siblings step in to care for vulnerable children when they cannot live with their parents. This may be because of parental alcohol or substance misuse, mental or physical ill health, domestic abuse, divorce or separation, imprisonment, bereavement and yet the carers often receive little or no financial or practical support from their local authority.

They are the forgotten families of family policy. Please help us to change that.

There are 300,000 children living with family and friends (‘kinship’) carers. Only 6,900 of them are looked after children. 3 out of 4 family and friends carers experience financial hardship. 4 out of 10 living on £200 per week or less. 1 in 4 are lone carers 1 in 3 live in overcrowded conditions 3 out of 10 have a chronic illness or disability Only 1 in 6 (16%) of local authority placements are with family and friends carers, the rest are placed into non-relative foster care. 8 out of 10 people agree that family and friends carers should receive financial support. It makes sense for children… In many cases family and friends care is a better option for children. The placements are more stable and children feel loved and report high levels of satisfaction. It makes sense for the tax payer… Every child in the care system costs the taxpayer £40,000 per child per year. If the 300,000 children in family and friends care were in non-relative foster care it would cost a further £12 billion. It makes sense for the care system… The number of care applications has increased by 47% in recent months and there is a shortage of foster carers of 8,200 families. This is unsustainable. Family and friends care is part of the solution. But these families must be properly supported. We are campaigning for a better deal for family and friends carers because they deserve: 1. Recognition for the vital role they play. 2. Respect from service providers, including access to information and advice. 3. Reward – improved access to benefits and a new national allowance if they care for a child for more than 28 days. 4. To be counted – we need official data on families in this situation 5. Better services including access to family group conferencing, respite care and support group. Help us to step up the campaign in 2010. Please donate now to support our work.

28 Oct 09 – Campaign for greater recognition, respect and reward

We are grateful to our sponsors, Yours Magazine for backing this campaign! Campaign T-shirts were supplied by http://www.tshirtprinting.net/ As part of the Kinship Care Alliance Grandparents Plus is joining forces with Family Rights Group, Grandparents’ Association, Fostering Network and many others to campaign for greater recognition, respect and reward for family and friends carers. As part of the campaign we organised a lobby of parliament on Wednesday October 28th. Over 200 family and friends carers and children came to Westminster to lobby MPs. You can back the campaign here by sending an email to your MP and other party candidates in your area, calling for a national allowance for family and friends carers. You can find out more about family and friends care and our 10 steps towards a better deal for kinship carers by downloading the briefing paper below. or email us at info@grandparentsplus.org.uk

Did you know?

  • There are 200,000 grandparents raising their grandchildren
  • 3 out of 4 families in this situation experience financial hardship
  • Any financial support they receive from their local authority is discretionary so often they get nothing at all
  • 8 out of 10 people think family and friends carers should receive financial support
  • The children they care for have often experienced parental drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, physical abuse, parental imprisonment, mental ill health, the death of a parent or a combination of these factors yet many receive no help or support.
  • The carers can experience stress and ill health. They may also have to give up work or reduce their paid working hours when they take on the care of a child.

 

 

08 Apr 10 – New Manifesto

Grandparents Plus is backing FRG’s manifesto for family and friends carers. Sign up in support, lobby party candidates and find out more here.

 

01 Mar 10 – NEW CAMPAIGN

We are backing Gingerbread’s lose the labels campaign. Sign up in support here.

 

01 Jan 10 – Our 2010 Appeal

Grandparents Plus is the national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives – especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances.

We are campaigning for greater recognition, respect and reward for family and friends (‘kinship’) carers. These carers, often grandparents, but may be aunts, uncles or siblings step in to care for vulnerable children when they cannot live with their parents.  This may be because of parental alcohol or substance misuse, mental or physical ill health, domestic abuse, divorce or separation, imprisonment, bereavement and yet the carers often receive little or no financial or practical support from their local authority.

They are the forgotten families of family policy.  Please help us to change that.

There are 300,000 children living with family and friends (‘kinship’) carers. Only 6,900 of them are looked after children.
3 out of 4 family and friends carers experience financial hardship.  4 out of 10 living on £200 per week or less.
1 in 4 are lone carers
1 in 3 live in overcrowded conditions
3 out of 10 have a chronic illness or disability
Only 1 in 6 (16%) of local authority placements are with family and friends carers, the rest are placed into non-relative foster care.
8 out of 10 people agree that family and friends carers should receive financial support.

It makes sense for children…
In many cases family and friends care is a better option for children. The placements are more stable and children feel loved and report high levels of satisfaction.

It makes sense for the tax payer…
Every child in the care system costs the taxpayer £40,000 per child per year. If the 300,000 children in family and friends care were in non-relative foster care it would cost a further £12 billion.

It makes sense for the care system…
The number of care applications has increased by 47% in recent months and there is a shortage of foster carers of 8,200 families. This is unsustainable. Family and friends care is part of the solution.  But these families must be properly supported.

We are campaigning for a better deal for family and friends carers because they deserve:

1. Recognition for the vital role they play.
2. Respect from service providers, including access to information and advice.
3. Reward – improved access to benefits and a new national allowance if they care for a child for more than 28 days.
4. To be counted – we need official data on families in this situation
5. Better services including access to family group conferencing, respite care and support group.

Help us to step up the campaign in 2010. Please donate now to support our work.

 

28 Oct 09 – Campaign for greater recognition, respect and reward

 

We are grateful to our sponsors, Yours Magazine for backing this campaign!

Campaign T-shirts were supplied by http://www.tshirtprinting.net/

As part of the Kinship Care Alliance Grandparents Plus is joining forces with Family Rights Group, Grandparents’ Association, Fostering Network and many others to campaign for greater recognition, respect and reward for family and friends carers.

As part of the campaign we organised a lobby of parliament on Wednesday October 28th. Over 200 family and friends carers and children came to Westminster to lobby MPs.

You can back the campaign here by sending an email to your MP and other party candidates in your area, calling for a national allowance for family and friends carers.

You can find out more about family and friends care and our 10 steps towards a better deal for kinship carers by downloading the briefing paper below.

or email us at info@grandparentsplus.org.uk

Did you know?

  • There are 200,000 grandparents raising their grandchildren
  • 3 out of 4 families in this situation experience financial hardship
  • Any financial support they receive from their local authority is discretionary so often they get nothing at all
  • 8 out of 10 people think family and friends carers should receive financial support
  • The children they care for have often experienced parental drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, physical abuse, parental imprisonment, mental ill health, the death of a parent or a combination of these factors yet many receive no help or support.
  • The carers can experience stress and ill health. They may also have to give up work or reduce their paid working hours when they take on the care of a child.