Children in Wales acknowledges that grandparents play a significant role in supporting parents in raising their children. The important role grandparents play in family life is almost invisible in family policy in Wales and the UK. Children in Wales believes that the policy implications of this largely positive role should be investigated and supported and we engage in the public debate to that effect
The Parenting Action Plan for Wales acknowledged grandparents as having always played a significant role in supporting parents in raising their children.
As part of the Strategy for Older People, the Welsh Assembly Government commissioned the Beth Johnson Foundation (BJF) to produce a report summarising our current knowledge about grandparents. However there has never been an extensive study of grandparenting in Wales, and BJF were forced to look at wider studies from the UK as a whole.
Quoting from various research studies they found amongst other things that : -
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