Hi everyone and welcome to Bristol Grandparents Support Group blog. Although we are Bristol based we have grandparents from all over the UK and beyond as members.

It is estimated that over one million children in the UK are denied contact with their grandparents due to family breakdown which may have been caused by divorce/separation, alcohol/drug dependency,domestic violence,bereavement or family feud.
Every child has the right to have contact with their grandparents
if they wish and unless proven unsafe for them to do so. To deny contact from a parent or grandparent has to become as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
I hope to keep you up to date with what is going on in BGSG and I shall continue to campaign for the rights of children to have a loving and meaningful relationship with both parents and their extended family. So please join in as good to hear your views, not just mine!
I also will support via Skype.
There is no membership fee to be part of Bristol Grandparents Support Group.
Esther Rantzen says, " To every grandparent, links of love can never be broken in our hearts."

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Monday 21 October 2013

Fact or Fiction.

In a  magazine today I was reading the 'advice' column, there were a couple of 'letters' written by people who had lost contact with their grandchildren.
What always concerns me with these columns is the advice that follows.
How 'expert' are the people who respond, do they actually have any experience at  all in the problem they are dishing out advice for?
This particular 'expert' was saying things like, make sure you talk to Social Services who will help you and that of course grandparents having a relationship with their grandchildren is 'in the child's best interest,'  and that SS are legally obliged to act in the child's best interest, for me and the million other grandparents in the UK would say this is fiction, it is certainly not fact.
It is not reality, giving people false hope is not helpful.

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