Policy Briefings


Grandparents Plus detailed policy briefings on issues affecting grandparents and kinship carers in the UK.


Briefing for the Second Reading of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, highlighting the impact of provisions of proposals in the Bill for grandparents and other family members raising children due to family difficulties.

A summary of the evidence and policy solutions that Grandparents Plus is calling for to support grandparents who are providing childcare for their grandchildren and those who step in to the parenting role, becoming kinship carers.

New analysis of the Understanding Society Survey by Grandparents Plus and Age UK shows that the amount of childcare provided by grandparents is increasing. Between 2009/10 and 2010/11 the number of children receiving informal childcare from their grandparents went up from 1.3 million to 1.6 million (from 11.7% to 14.3% of all children aged 0-14).

Detailed statistics on grandparents in the UK in 2011. A look at demographics, levels of grandparental poverty, childcare provided by grandparents, financial support to and from grandparents, advice and practical support for grandparents, kinship care and family separation.

Grandparents Plus would like to see a fundamental reform of the family justice system to create a system that puts children’s best interests at its heart.  This should include a radical change in the way resources are deployed, with a transfer of funding into non-legal interventions which effectively support relationships, reduce conflict, and enhance child outcomes, including mediation and specialist relationship counselling.

In February 2010 Grandparents Plus commissioned YouGov to conduct an
online survey of 1103 grandparents to find out their views on flexible working,
grandparent leave and rewarding grandparents who provide significant
periods of childcare through tax credits or childcare vouchers.

Parental drug or alcohol abuse is leading to around 140,0001 children in the UK being raised by grandparents and other family and friends carers. This is a finding from new analysis of a survey into the experiences and situation of grandparent carers carried out in summer 2010 by Grandparents Plus.