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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Wednesday 7 September 2011

Scotland ----Rights of Children & Young People - Programme for Government 2011-2012

"The Rights of Children and Young People Bill will enshrine in law Scottish Ministers' duty to have due regard to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when exercising their responsibilities.

The UNCRC spells out the basic human rights (civil, political, economic, social and cultural) of all children up to the age of 18.

The Scottish Government is committed to creating a modern, inclusive Scotland that respects and protects human rights. In particular, it is committed to recognising, respecting and promoting children's rights as part of our wider commitment to improving life chances.

The Bill will ensure that all of the Scottish Government's policies and legislation take account of and promote the rights of children and young people and ensure it sets an example for the wider public sector to follow.

Consultation on the Bill will begin on September 8. The Bill forms part of a much wider reform of children's services to improve life chances and create a fairer start for all, including a Children's Services Bill planned for 2013."

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