Grandparents rights on Grannynet
We all want what is best for our family, but sometimes grandparents can feel left out in the cold.
A lot of our members have been asking about grandparents rights – so in response we have got the low down for all of you facing some tough issues.
We will try and get the best people to give you advice on grandparents rights – so write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know which particular topics you would like covered. In the meantime, we have been talking to some charities and organisations to put together some information on grandparents rights for you if you are in need of answers now.
Help and advice
If you need advice, support or up to date information the Grandparents Association is a good place to start. This national charity has worked with and for grandparents, for decades. The Grandparents’ Association received over 400 referrals last reporting year and has helped access over £300,000 for grandparents in unclaimed benefits. The Grandparents’ Association can give you specialist help if you:
- have lost, or are losing contact, with their grandchildren because of divorce
- are experiencing family feud or other problems
- are bringing up grandchildren on a full time basis
- have childcare responsibilities for your grandchildren
- and/or are interested in the educational and welfare needs of your grandchildren.
They also provide information on finding a lawyer. Their Lawyers’ List, which is made up of firms from the Law Society’s Children Panel and the Family Panel lists that have the necessary expertise to deal with cases involving children, grandparents or other family members who may consult them. You can search the list to find a lawyer near you.
Grandparents’ Association helpline (open 5 days a week): 0845 4349585
Grandparents’ Association welfare benefits advice (Mon 10-2, Wed 10-4, Fri 10-12): 0844 3571033
Grannynet has partnered with Grandparents’ Association to offer you reduced membership which with discounts and benefits. Click here to sign up.
The Family Rights Group advises, advocates and campaigns for families whose children are involved with, or require, social care services. Family Rights Group works to secure the best future possible for children, including those who are in need, at risk and/or cannot live at home and to improve the services received by these families. It also runs a discussion board for people who are raising a young relative or have serious concerns about a child/children within their family.
Family Rights Group advice service (Mon–Fri 10–3.30): 0808 801 0366
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. They have launched a new advice service for grandparents and other family members or friends who have stepped in to bring up a child who is not their own. This service offers benefits advice and broader information relating to areas that include housing, education and pensions.
Grandparents Plus information and benefits advice service (Mon-Fri 10-3):
0300 123 7015
There are a number of networks that have been set up for grandparents that provide support and advice.
The Grandparents Association runs a number of support groups especially for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, or for those who have lost contact with their grandchildren and want to get together with others in the same situation. For more information on groups near you contact: Judith Howells: email@example.com or phone 0844 3572907.
Grandparents Plus, a national charity, promotes the vital role of grandparents and the extended family in children’s lives, particularly where parents are no longer able to care for their children. Grandparents Plus has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund to develop the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Network. The GRG Network brings together grandparents who are raising their grandchildren to give them a voice, to share experiences, to find solutions and to tell government, children’s services, the NHS, drug and alcohol agencies and others what needs to change. One of the ways they do this is by running local, regional and national events for grandparents. Join the Grandparents Raising Children Network here. For GRG Events click here.
Grandparents Apart is a self help group dedicated to ease the suffering of grandparents and grandchildren and extended families torn apart. If you feel your problems could be resolved by mediation a trained counsellor is available to help you with your problems before the trauma of court cases, that splits families and harms children emotionally.
Useful links for grandparents rights: