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 23 August 2010

Grandparents or Grandchildren's Rights?

I have always disliked the phrase 'Grandparents Rights,' it is banded about by the media when discussing denied contact.
It is guaranteed to antagonise any resident parent, it is the grandchildren who are the important people who find themselves, through no fault of their own,slap bang in the middle of a horrible situation. The phrase needs to be , 'Grandchildren's Rights' every child has the right to be allowed contact with their grandparents, if they wish to and it is safe for them to do so.
If a couple decide to part then it should be mandatory for them to undertake mediation, and at this stage is when contact must be legally agreed with the children being part of the process.
If the agreement is not adhered to then there must be consequences.


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