Kinship Carers Round Table Discussion

Slightly edited version of an original letter by  Dr Mandi MacDonald 

I am a lecturer in social work at Queens University. My colleagues and I are keen to understand the experiences of informal kinship carers – grandparents, aunts, siblings and friends who are providing full time care for the children of their relatives or friends, but without social work assessment or support.

Given that most informal kinship carers are grandparents, we though that this would be an issue that might be very relevant to your organisation.

 We would be delighted if you could join us for a lunchtime round table discussion on this topic. This will be held:

On Tuesday 24th April 2018  From 12noon until 2pm

At the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queens University, 6 College Park Belfast.

We have three broad aims for the session:

– to give an overview of the limited research that is available about the needs and circumstances of informal kinship carers, the children they care for and their families,

– to find out how people working in community based support services perceive their needs and

– to see if there is scope for some collaborative research.

We do hope you will be able to join us for all or part of the discussion.

For catering purposes, could you please let us know if you will be able to attend

and whether you have any particular dietary requirements.

If you would like to know more, do give me a call.

Best wishes,


 Dr Mandi MacDonald | Lecturer in Social Work | School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

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