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."

Please contact during office hours.

Friday 8 April 2011

Response re T C.

A response re :T C

Dear Jane
Thank you for your email of 13 March regarding Mr T C and his request to see his daughter before leaving to serve with the Army in Afghanistan. Your email has been passed to the Department for Education as we have policy responsibility for family law.

I must begin by explaining that Government Ministers and officials are not able to comment on or intervene in individual cases. This is not because of any lack of concern for the issues raised, but so that there can be no risk of perceived or actual interference in the independence of the judiciary, or other agencies involved in a particular case.

However, the Government is aware of the challenges faced by many families involved in family law cases. When dealing with these cases, all judges and holders of judicial office are expected to display tact, sympathy and understanding. In the longer term the Government will be drawing on the recommendations of the Family Justice Review Panel (whose interim report has just been published) to improve the experience of children and families involved in family proceedings.
I gather from the Bristol Grandparents Support Group's website that Mr C did get the opportunity to see his daughter briefly before leaving for duty. I wish him the very best of luck while serving his country, and a safe return from Afghanistan.

Lesley O'Connor
Public Communications Unit

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2011/0024049. To contact the Department for Education, please visit www.education.gov.uk/contactus

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