Take action for employment rights for grandparent carers

200,000 grandparents and other family members (kinship carers) are raising children who cannot live with their parents. Many of these children have suffered neglect or abuse, or their parents have died. They would be in care if grandparents or other family members had not stepped in. If just 10% of the children in kinship care were to enter the care system it would cost the taxpayer £1 billion every year.

New Grandparents Plus research shows that almost half (47%) of carers who were previously working gave up their job when the child moved in.  41% are now dependent on welfare benefits, yet 83% said they wanted to stay in work. Yet in most cases kinship carers have no right to take parental leave. 

The government must stop these carers being forced out of work unnecessarily.

Grandparents Plus is calling for:

  • The introduction of paid leave for kinship carers, similar to adoption leave or maternity leave
  • An extension of unpaid parental leave  to kinship carers
  • Government to keep its promise to extend the right to request flexible working

Please email your MP urging them to support these families and stop them from being penalised for stepping in and raising a vulnerable child.

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