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Grandparents asked about their Role, 08/09/10 [W]

Children in Wales is conducting a survey to find out more about the role played by grandparents in Wales. Across the UK 1 in 3 families depend on grandparents for childcare and in some circumstances grandparents become full time carers for their grandchildren. Recent research1 found that more than a third of young people aged 11-16 reported that their grandparent was the most important person in their life after their parents or siblings.  However there is very little Wales specific research about the role that grandparents play.

Lucy Akhtar, Parenting Development Officer at Children in Wales explained “We know very little about the extent of grandparents’ participation in supporting families in Wales and we need to find out more because it has great implications for policies being developed to support families. The survey has been designed to provide a general profile of how grandparents in Wales participate in their children’s lives, and how much they contribute to their grandchildren’s support in practical, financial or emotional terms.  Grandparenting is a largely positive role that needs to be investigated and supported.”

All grandparents in Wales are being urged to complete the questionnaire, which is available at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/grandparentssurvey or in hard copy from Children in Wales until the end of November.   All those who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win two tickets to see the Pantomime, Cinderella at the New Theatre in Cardiff plus £30 for travel costs.


1.    Research carried out by Oxford University, in collaboration with the Institute of Education, London. Buchanan, A. and Griggs, J. (2009) “My second mum and dad”: The involvement of grandparents in the lives of teenage grandchildren, London: GrandparentsPlus: http:www.grandparentsplus.org

2.    Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals who work with children and young people in Wales. www.childreninwales.org.uk.  Children in Wales was established in March 1992 and became a registered charity in 1993.  It aims to promote the interests of children, to improve services in Wales and to put children high on the Welsh agenda.  We work closely with our members who comprise professionals, policy makers and consumer groups to improve the lives of all children living in Wales, but especially young children, those affected by family instability, children with special needs or disabilities, and those suffering the effects of poverty and deprivation.  We collect and disseminate information about children and promote good practice in children’s services through research, policy and practice development, publications, conferences, seminars, training and access to an extensive library and information service.  Children in Wales has offices in Cardiff and Caernarfon.

3.    For further information regarding this press release contact:

Lucy Akhtar, Parenting Development Officer, Children in Wales, e-mail: lucy.akhtar@childreninwales.org.uk   Tel: 029 2034 2434,

Children in Wales, 25 Windsor Place, Cardiff

Or Tony Ivens, Fatherhood Development Officer, Children in Wales, e-mail: tony.ivens@childreninwales.org.uk  Tel: 029 2034 2434,

Children in Wales, 25 Windsor Place, Cardiff