Information provision to grandparent kinship carers: responding to their unique needs

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Valentine, K, Jenkins, B, Brennan, D & Cass, B 2013, 'Information provision to grandparent kinship carers: responding to their unique needs', Australian Social Work, vol. 66, no. 3, pp. 425-439.

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Grandparent kinship care is a growing policy concern in Australia. Availability of appropriate, timely, and up-to-date information on payments and allowances, support services, and children's needs, is an important factor in determining whether grandparent carers, and the children in their care, receive the support they need. While it is known that custodial grandparents in Australia have trouble gaining access to information and support, relatively little attention has been paid to the causes of this difficulty. Drawing from interviews with 55 service providers and policy makers from New South Wales, South Australia, and the Northern Territory, this article identifies two salient issues: the characteristics of this group, which results in special communication and information needs; and the difficulties grandparent-headed families face due to their unique relationship to the state.

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