Understanding Family and Friends care studies

Family and friends carers, who are raising some of the nation’s most vulnerable children, are being left to fend for themselves and suffer significant levels of hardship as local authorities fail to implement central government policy, according to major new research we have launched in March 2012.

You can download the reports below or purchase online.

Summary findings of the Understanding Family and Friends care studies.


The research is made up of four studies:

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Hunt J and Waterhouse S (2012) Understanding family and friends care: the relationship between need, support and legal status – Carers’ experiences (FRG/Oxford University Centre for Family Law and Policy)

In depth interviews with 95 households.

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Aziz R and Roth D (2012) Understanding family and friends care: analysis of the social and economic circumstances of family and friends carers (FRG)

Analysis of Government’s “Understanding Society” carers survey of 77 kinship care children living in 68 households, contrasting them with other families from the same study.

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Ashley C Ed. Authors Aziz R, Roth D and Lindley B (2012) Understanding family and friends care: The largest UK survey (FRG)

Survey of 493 carers raising 762 kinship children.

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Ashley C Ed. Authors Roth D, Aziz R and Lindley B (2012) Understanding family and friends care: local authority policies – the good, the bad and the non existent (FRG)

Based on a Freedom of Information questionnaire sent in October 2011 and analysed in partnership with Grandparents Plus. Find out whether your authority has published a policy.

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