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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Esther Rantzen says, " To every grandparent, links of love can never be broken in our hearts."

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Thursday 13 March 2014

Don't involve your grandchildren's school.

Often when I am talking to grandparents they tell me how they sit outside their grandchildren's school, look over the school fence at playtime or even go into the school  to talk to the Head.
Although I understand so well why they do it, as they are desperate to see there precious grandchildren.
I would stronger urge you to take a step back, put yourself in your grandchild's place.
How is it going to affect them if they see you?
The children are embroiled in adult conflict that they don't understand, they are trying to unpick their own feelings, you will not help them by going to their school.
It is possible that in their own confusion the only place there is any resemblance of consistency is school. A place were they feel safe, a place were they can learn and grow without conflict and disturbance.
Possible the only place they can just be a child.
So please think of the children, and don't put the Head in an impossible situation.
They can not allow a grandparent to see a child without the permission of the parent.

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