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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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Grandparents feel like criminals.

I think you know my own personal feelings on going to court to try and regain contact with grandchildren, but that doesn't mean that I don't support those who do.
When grandparents reach the end of all other means some feel it is the only way to go.
One thing that is very worrying is when I continually hear of the way grandparents are treated within that hearing room.
It is a room with judge, solicitors for both parties, grandparents and parents, CAFCASS officers etc, for anyone it is an intimidating process.
Time and time again grandparents have told me that they feel like criminals, they feel as though they are already guilty of something, when all they are trying to do is to have a loving relationship with their grandchildren.
Just as with Dads, false allegations are frequently thrown at them, and they appear to have no right to reply.
There is no understanding with regard to Parental Alienation, everyone knows that it is fact and is abuse of the child's interest, but it is not recognised.
It also occurs to me that, if a grandparent didn't care and deeply love their grandchildren, they would most certainly not be putting themselves through this hugely emotional and stressful route.


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