Forgotten Children finds almost half (44%) of children growing up with grandparents and other family members have never received help from children’s services, even though they may have suffered parental abuse or neglect or the death of a parent. The research also finds that 54% of children in kinship care have special needs or a disability. But only 8% of the grandparents have received counselling or help with parenting, and just one in 20 have had access to respite care.
45% of the children are living with grandparents and other family members because they have previously suffered abuse or neglect, amounting to 135,000 children across the UK. 44% have suffered parental drug or alcohol abuse and. 11% have experienced the death of a parent. Download the report.