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!
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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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Monday 16 April 2012

Grandparents accused of Harassment for sending a grandchild a birthday card?

I find it completely incomprehensible that grandparents who send birthday cards or presents can be accused of Harassment, but they are.
I am not making it up, it happens, it is time that this ridiculous situation is aired and questions asked.
Grandparents often will not talk about it as they are so ashamed, they may have been arrested or are threatened with a harassment order. As indeed are non resident parents, just because they want to show their children/grandchildren they love them and they have not be forgotten, by sending a card or present.
What sort of society are we living in when precious Police time is spent on this sort of ridiculous situation?

--Definition of Harassment. According to NPIA National Policing Improvement Agency. Practise Advice on Investigating Stalking and Harassment.
This practice advice deals with behaviour which is repeated and unwanted by the victim and causes the victim to have a negative reaction in terms of alarm or distress. Behaviour by a suspect as part of a campaign of harassment can include:
Frequent, unwanted contact, eg, appearing at the home or workplace of the victim, telephone calls, text messages, emails or other contact such as via the internet (ie, social networking sites);
Driving past the victim’s home or work;Following or watching the victim;Sending letters or unwanted ‘gifts’ to the victim;
· Damaging the victim’s property;
· Burglary or robbery of the victim’s home, workplace, vehicle or other;
· Threats of harm to the victim and/or others associated with them (including sexual
violence and threats to kill);
· Harassment of people associated with the victim (eg, family members, partner, work
· Physical and/or sexual assault of the victim and even murder.----

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