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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Tuesday 31 May 2011

Family Justice Review Consultation.

Today Marc and I attended theFamily Justice Review in Cardiff.
There was a group from Fathers 4Justice protesting outside the venue and making their views known loud and clear, they also attracted media coverage.
Inside there were approx 100 people, made up of Dads denied contact,Lawyers,Barristers,Mediators,Counsellors and politicians, and a band of various experts.
It did feel as though within the discussion time that when I tried to say something I got shouted down by an 'expert' or solicitor.
There was considerable concern that the interim report does not back shared parenting.
It was also clear that everyone felt that if court orders are broken there must be penalties.
There was a lot of talk about 'in the interest of the child' my view is that how can it possibly be 'in the interest of the child' not to legislate for shared parenting.
Difficult to know really how effective these consultation meetings are, but it is good if you have a view to air it.
You can still respond online until June 23rd email your views to familyjusticereview@justice.gsi.gov.uk


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