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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Friday 3 May 2013

Grandparents contact orders, whose right?

Definition of rights:

"In an abstract sense, justice, ethical correctness, or harmony with the rules of law or the principles of morals. In a concrete legal sense, a power, privilege, demand, or claim possessed by a particular person by virtue of law. "

Why do we insist in talking about rights, in the above definition several words show how negative a word it is ; power, demand, as soon as you say those words it becomes aggressive.
Children who find themselves in this constant world of conflict have to find their own ways of dealing with the emotional turmoil in their lives.
They are trying to lead their own lives, to have fun, to be with friends and just to embrace every opportunity. If children are caught up in the poison of alienation they are unable to spread their wings and fly.
All their energy is used on trying to make things better for the adults in their lives, see-sawing from one to another. Thinking that somehow it is their responsibility to make it OK, spending so much time walking the tightrope of separation their young lives are passing them by.
Surely, the responsibility is ours, the adults, not the children.


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