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.

Tuesday 28 June 2011


I think there is misunderstanding with regard to mediation when a couple part.
When we attended the Family Justice Review Interim Report consultation,and having read the report, the suggestion is that mediation will be brought in, whether or not it is compulsory, is as yet not decided.
The mediation is for the couples separating not for grandparents.
Couples when they have children will be encouraged to sign a Parental Agreement which will say hoe important grandparents are in a childs life, certainly none of this ,as yet, will be compulsory.

If you consider that resident parents are at the moment in many cases breaking the law, by not allowing non resident parents to see their children, when a court order has been granted, I am not too hopeful.
In what other situations when breaking the law are you allowed to just get away with it?
This was a question that was put to the government panel I attended, and they had no answer.
Everyone knows this situation is wrong, including the government but they are not prepared to legislate about it.
Sorry to be so damming but I get so cross when the media etc, don't print the facts.

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