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 5 March 2014

Don't fudge your responsibilities Mr Cameron to the children of this country.

The usual response to my letter to Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg:

Dear Ms Jackson
Thank you for your email of 14 February, addressed to the Prime Minister, regarding the Children and Families Bill. Your email has been passed to this department as we are responsible for the policy on family law. On this occasion, I have been asked to reply.
I want to assure you that the government recognises that a father’s role in his child’s life is a very important one. The government strongly believes that children benefit from a continuing relationship with both parents following family separation, when it is appropriate and in the child’s best interests. It is for this reason that the government has included the parental involvement clause in the Children and Families Bill which is currently before Parliament. The clause makes clear the expectation that a child should have the opportunity to benefit from the involvement of each parent who can be involved safely, and whose involvement is consistent with the child’s welfare.

The legislative framework which governs family law cases is gender neutral and is focused on the welfare of children, not on the ‘rights’ of parents. However, the government recognises that there is a perception of bias in the courts. One of the aims of the parental involvement amendment in the Children and Families Bill is to address this perception and help restore public confidence in the system.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to write to us with your views.

Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2014/0016170. If you need to respond to us, please visit: www.education.gov.uk/contactus, and quote your reference number.
As part of our commitment to improving the service we provide to our customers, we are interested in hearing your views and would welcome your comments via our website at: www.education.gov.uk/pcusurvey.
Yours sincerely

Tariq Khan
Ministerial and Public Communications Division


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