Values Statement

1. The welfare of children is our priority. But often this means we need to support the grandparents or family members who love them and are caring for them.

2. We understand and respond to the diversity and complexity of modern family life and we want wider policy and practice to do the same. We are challenging, ambitious and radical.  But we combine that with being evidence-based.  We take a strategic look at the world and at what research is telling us.

3. The grandparents and wider family members we work with shape what we do. We ground our work in their experiences. We create a platform for them to help amplify their voices.   We believe that by working in collaboration with grandparents, family  carers, our partner organisations and service providers, we are more likely to achieve our shared aims.

4. We take a professional approach to our work. We expect everyone in the organisation to meet high standards and we will support them to do that.  We deliver high quality, caring and trusted services for kinship carers and the children they are raising.

5. We recognise the need to be creative and enterprising. We take advantage of opportunities as they arise.  We are open to change. We are leading experts in the field but we don’t have all the answers and are willing to change and learn as we go forward.

6. We listen to each other. We respect each other’s points of view, the unique perspectives we bring.  We care about everyone in the Grandparents Plus community – the families we work with, our partners and supporters, our staff, trustees, volunteers and interns.  We will do what we can to support them to contribute to our work.

In brief:

1. The welfare of children is our priority – achieved by supporting their carers.
2. We understand and respond to the diversity and complexity of modern family life.
3. The grandparents and wider family members we work with shape what we do.  We work in partnership with others.
4. We take a professional approach to our work. Quality is important to us.
5. We recognise the need to be creative and enterprising.
6. We listen to each other.  We respect each other’s points of view.