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If your family is involved with children's services, or you need help from these services, our interactive web-pages will give you the information you need.

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Blogs and Vlogs

Families' voices and opinions are at the heart of our media. Our blogs and vlogs page features articles and videos by parents, kinship carers and other professionals on subjects of child welfare and more.

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Policy and Campaigns

Read about the Care Crisis Review, our kinship care campaigns, our policy work and download our press releases.

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Supporters Network

By joining the Family Rights Group Supporters’ Network, you agree to make a donation, no matter how big or small, which will make a crucial contribution to our work.

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Family Rights Group is a charity which relies on donations to provide much needed help to vulnerable families.  Your money for example, enables us to continue to run a specialist telephone support line for grandparents and other relatives who are raising children who cannot live with their parents. The support line enables relatives to talk to and meet others in a similar situation. Every penny you give counts. Many thanks

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Donate by Credit or Debit Card

Help us raise funds via our page on the Just Giving website. Just Giving accepts all major credit/debit cards and will automatically add 28% in Gift Aid if you’re a UK taxpayer.

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The Giving Machine

Family Rights Group have teamed up with The Giving Machine to generate cash donations for us every time you shop online. The real beauty of it is that it won't cost you anything!

All you have to do is register with The Giving Machine and choose Family Rights Group as the charity you wish to support. Then, every time you shop online, make sure you visit The Giving Machine website, click on "Shop", and choose your preferred retailer from the list. You can then shop as normal from your chosen store.

You'll find more than 100 shops at The Giving Machine including all your favourite places - Tesco, Amazon, Ebay, John Lewis, and lots more. To start giving for free, just visit The Giving Machine website.

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Make your donation worth even more – at no extra cost to you

If you are a UK tax payer, we can receive an additional 25p for every £1 you give. This is because the government’s Gift Aid scheme allows us to reclaim tax on donations. To qualify for Gift Aid, what you pay in income or capital gains tax must at least equal the amount we will claim in the tax. If you make a donation online you will automatically be asked whether or not you would like to Gift-Aid your donation.

If you prefer to donate by post, please include a Gift Aid Declaration Form here.

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Telephone Advice Line

If you are a parent, family member or friend of a child, in England or Wales, who has social workers involved in your child’s life, or if you need extra support from Children’s Services, and would like to speak to an adviser, please call our free and confidential helpline.

0808 801 0366 

(Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm)

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Discussion Boards

For advice from our advisers, or to get online support from other people in a similar position to you, visit the parents or family and friends carers forums.  To explore new research and to discuss ideas with practitioners and families, visit the FGC Network  or the Your Family, Your Voice Alliance Boards. If you are a domestic violence worker or social worker in London, visit our new research and practice  board.

 

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FAQs

We have answered the most commonly asked questions put to FRG advisers. Please follow the links to see a list of questions and answers, grouped together by subject.

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Advice Sheets

For more detailed information, please see our range of advice sheets on family support, child protection, looked after children, family and friends care, adoption or challenging decisions.

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Films

Family Rights Group has produced films for families to help ‘demystify’ the child welfare system.

Go to the relevant films to view fictionalised cases which show what happens when a child protection conference is held and similarly when a family group conference takes place.

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Advice during the Coronavirus Crisis

Top tips guide for kinship carers to help children maintain relationships

This top tips guide is intended to support kinship carers to help children to safely maintain a relationship with those who are important to them, including their parents, brothers, sisters and friends, even if they cannot visit them.

Advice guide for parents and families with a child in the care system

In this guide, we have set out some creative ways in which relationships can be maintained and you can support your child during the Coronavirus crisis, even if you cannot visit them.

The grandparents caring for children during coronavirus outbreak

Please watch this very moving four minute report from Channel 4 News about the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on grandparents raising their grandchildren. Also features our Chief Executive, Cathy Ashley. For huge numbers of grandparents, keeping away from their grandchildren is simply not an option. Around a hundred thousand children in the UK are being brought up by grandparents because their parents have died or are unable to care for them. Now those carers, who are often elderly and with underlying conditions, must try to protect themselves from infection.

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