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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Sunday 1 May 2011

Accountability-mass letter writing?

As we run up to Fathers Day on June 19th, I think it would be a good idea for us all to write to our Mp's on the issue of who is accountable to making sure schools,doctors and social workers are following laws and guidelines that already in place, for BOTH parents to receive equal information in regard to their children.
It is a slightly different tack to take, the important word being accountability.
Here is an idea of letter or email you could use, as a template .

Dear …………,

As you will know it is Fathers’ Day on June 19th and I am writing on behalf of fathers who are denied contact with their children, my son being just one of them.
As my representative in Parliament I would like to know how you and the public know that laws and guidelines given to Schools, Doctors and Social workers in respect of giving information to BOTH parents about their children is made and who are they accountable to?
In my experience in running Bristol Grandparents Support Group, I know that very often these laws and guidelines are often not adhered to.
I would be grateful to hear your views.
Many Thanks,

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