Grandparent carers need more support: Parliamentary Committee

A Senate Inquiry into grandparents who take on primary care of their grandchildren has revealed that current assistance levels for grandparent carers is inadequate.

Grandparent carers need more support: Parliamentary Committee

Grandparent carers need more support: Parliamentary Committee

Released: 31-Oct-2014

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A Senate Inquiry into grandparents who take on primary care of their grandchildren has revealed that current assistance levels for grandparent carers is inadequate. Large numbers of grandparents are providing care for their grandchildren due to incarceration, mental health and substance abuse issues making it impossible for parents to provide care themselves.

Financial and legal issues are hugely problematic for grandparent carers, and the report has recommended a comprehensive review of current support systems. There was an emphasis on the negative impact of these issues on the health and well-being of grandparent carers. An increase in “grandparent advisers” within the Department of Human Services was also recommended.

Read COTA Australia’s media release in response to the report which was tabled on Wednesday: Senate Inquiry recommends greater help for grandparents shouldering responsibility for primary care of grandchildren

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