"Bringing Families Together"

"Bringing Families Together"

Saturday, October 10, 2009

'The Forgotten Children' are losing out.

‘The Forgotten Children’ are losing out.

‘The Forgotten Children’ suffering abuse in alcoholic or drug affected homes where no-one, not even members of that family can gain access or know of the neglect or abuse until it reaches the front pages of the media as another child murder.

Why don’t the government’s listen to the people who are capable of doing something about it. Why are the government’s ignoring the Early intervention that grandparents are best at to save these children from permanent harm.

Quote from a letter from the Government child protection team.
“ Ministers are very aware of the important role that grandparents can play in the development of our young people. It is critical that children are given the right support and, where necessary, protection if we are to ensure their development into confident individuals and effective contributors in our society”.

“It is important that anyone who has concerns about a child's wellbeing should report it. Friends and family members are often best placed to identify where a child may be placed at risk. Any grandparent who has a child protection concern about their grandchild should raise concerns with relevant local agencies”

Words! Words! Words! are all we ever read or hear, a well worn record that comes back from the ministers when we write to them. It goes on and on and never acted upon. It is the duty of a government to protect children from abuse but this government by having the main rescuers (grandparents) excluded is failing in this responsibility.

The government’s refuse to act on their own findings and that of children’s organisations that grand parents are often best placed to know their own families faults and addictions to prevent tragedies. But! They are not important enough in the governments eyes to be relevant in children’s lives..

Non Relevant Persons. (We don’t need to talk to you) Is the label slapped on grandparents whenever the social services, courts or professionals who deal with children are questioned about the children’s welfare.

The dilemma faced by thousands of grandparents every day when they suspect a child is being abused is.

!, Do I report it to social services? If I do, will I be the first to lose contact with the children as we are told we are only trying to cause trouble and cut off at the slightest excuse?.
2, If I approach the parents, will they get a court order banning me from the children leaving them alone in their nightmare to carry on being abused.
3, Do I say nothing give in to the parents blackmail and try to ease the suffering to the children in my own way. The fear is, if I wait, will something really terrible happen?

Jimmy Deuchars
Grandparents Apart UK
22 Alness crescent
Glasgow G52 1PJ
0141 882 5658

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