Helping Families Helping Children
Family Rights Group promotes policies and practices that keep children safe within their family and strengthen the family and community networks of those children who cannot live at home.
We campaign for families to have their voice heard, be treated fairly and get help early to prevent problems escalating.
We are a charity that advises parents, grandparents, relatives and friends about their rights and options when social workers or courts make decisions about their children’s welfare. We work with parents whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system and with wider family members and friends who are raising children (known as kinship carers).
About Family Rights Group
Our purpose is to help children live safely and thrive within the family and community. Learn about our history, achievements, activities, staff and trustees.
Get help and advice
If your family is involved with children’s services in England or you need their help, look at our web-pages or ring our free advice line on 0808 801 0366 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm) to get advice.
You can help us to help more families and have an even greater impact by joining our supporters’ network, making a donation or getting involved in a fundraising activity.
Our campaigns and policy work
Our research, projects and services guide our agenda for reforming child welfare law and practice. Central to our work is supporting families to be heard, so those with direct experience of the child welfare system, help to shape it.
Time To Define Kinship Care
Time to Define is a major campaign from Family Rights Group to improve recognition and understanding of kinship care with a single definition written into legislation and for all kinship families to have guaranteed support when they need it.
APPG on Kinship Care
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Kinship Care is a cross party group of MPs and Peers who share a common interest in championing kinship care and improving support for kinship carers.
Family Rights Group’s councillors’ network is a partnership for change with local councillors from all parties to improve outcomes for children and support for parents and kinship carers.
Groundbreaking Dorset pilot launches to help safely avert the need for care proceedings
Family Rights Group has announced Dorset as the local family justice pilot area as part of its ambitious ‘Reimagining pre-proceedings’ project
Job vacancies at Family Rights Group
We are looking for passionate and dedicated people with expert knowledge, experience, and talent to help us achieve our vision of a society in which children live safely and thrive within their family and community.
Chair of Family Rights Group and campaigner receives MBE
Chair of Family Rights Group, Angela Frazer-Wicks, has been honoured with an MBE, almost 20 years after a long and fraught battle with her local authority led to her sons being adopted.
Popular Advice Questions
- Can social workers remove a child from home?
- Why are social workers making child protection enquiries?
- I don’t see what happened between me and my partner as a ’domestic abuse’ situation, it was a one off. Why are children’s services concerned?
- What happens in care proceedings?
- Social workers say my grandchildren are going into care, what can I do?