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.

Monday 22 August 2011

Social Services told a grandparent, to mind their own business.

When I attended a consultation in Cardiff earlier this year on the forthcoming Family Justice Review, public law was discussed as well as private law.
When dealing with public law, so for example when the possibility of children having to go into care, grandparents should be consulted and certainly be part of the process. My understanding is that in some authorities this happens already, but it is not consistent across the country.
I hope that this is made much clearer in the new Justice Review, I have had several grandparents contact me who say that they were treated very badly by Social Services in these cases and one was told to mind her own business!
Surely, if we are to be listening to the children and their welfare is to come first ,then grandparents can be a source of security during a time when these children are very vulnerable.
Of course there may well be a minority of cases where that is not possible for child protection issues, but they are the minority.
Some of the things that are said to grandparents is totally unacceptable.


No comments:

Post a Comment