School of Sociology and Social Policy

Timescapes: An ESRC Qualitative Longitudinal Initiative

‘Rescue and Repair’: Grandparents with Parental Care of Their Grandchildren

A National Networking and Agenda Setting Event

A national networking and agenda setting event that brought together professionals from public and third sector services with an interest in grandparents who have residential care, whether formal or informal, of their grandchildren.

There were three main aims for the Event. The first was to share our research findings from Intergenerational Exchange, part of Timescapes: the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Qualitative Longitudinal Initiative. Second, we want to place these findings within the national context of grandparenting as understood and experienced by practitioners and policy makers with responsibilities and insights into grandparenting. The third aim of the day was to identify ways in which the research and collaborative learning from this workshop can impact on policy and practice, and to consult with professionals about the key issues that our future research might address. To that end we hope to set up an active grand-parenting network to inform the next phase of this project.

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