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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Saturday 5 November 2011

Family Justice Final Review.

Apologies for not commenting earlier on the Family Justice Review Final Report, but have been attending a family funeral.
I have had grandparents leaving me messages upset by what they are hearing.
I have read the report and actually can't see that it is significantly different from the first draft, no surprises.
Once again the media, have used highly emotive headlines which are not helpful.
The need for grandparents to apply twice to the court remains, I personally don't think it makes a great deal of difference, the need to apply for 'leave' was removed in Scotland and there has been very little change in applicants.
I have always said that that we are talking of a cultural change, which has to start with education. The importance of both parents and the wider family, this will take time.
In one daily newspaper I have just read there is a quote , saying that not all grandparents are good grandparents, I will argue, equally not all parents are good parents, it is a non argument.
here is the link to full report.

Please let me have your comments.

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