Sunday, January 17, 2010
Glasgow Councillors to vote on adopting Charter for Grandchildren
Councillor Ruth Black backed by Councillors Iris Gibson, Alistair Watson, and last year Mathew Kerr all of Craigton Ward 4 will shortly raise a motion in the city Chambers for ‘The Charter for Grandchildren’ to be mandatory for professionals working in the welfare of children. Children have been losing out on the benefits their grandparents can provide because they are usually ignored regarding their grandchildren by professionals. Ruth and her fellow councillors have recognised the huge benefit grandparents can be for early detection of child abuse and for caring which brings enormous savings to the public purse.
The Charter was created in 2005 by the Scottish Government but was for advisory only. Lately it was passed on to local authorities and being advisory the professionals are reluctant to change their policies for it even although it is for the best interests of the children.
Where can Grandparents help?
Gordon Brown Said there are 50,000 Dysfunctional families in Britain today.. With an average of 2 children in a family this gives us 100,000 children living in dysfunctional homes.
The problem is overcoming the help available and grandparents are ideal for early detection of child abuse because of their unique insight into their family's shortcomings and they can provide stability and a home environment normally not available in care. Social services do not recognise them as relevant persons in their grandchildren's lives and they are told "we don't need to talk to you" This is never in a child's best interest if they are in danger.
Social services and the governments are aware that grandparents could be in a better position than any other organisation for early detection of child neglect and abuse and randparents are usually willing to accommodate children in a crisis situation. So they should be the first point of contact.
Why children need to be treated better.
Have you ever thought why society is getting more violent and muggings are on the increase. Why you are afraid to open your door or go out at night.. Why you are afraid to phone the police for fear of reprisals. Children are not being taught the respect, love and stability they need to grow up into decent citizens. It is well known that these children are non achievers in life when they have been brought up in the care system and they grow up turning to gangs for that family belonging and have little respect for society.
Think about it when you next see a newspaper that carries a story of old women getting attacked or maybe yourself getting mugged or your house broken into. Everyone needs to make sure children are treated right.
The Charter for Grandchildren does not give grandparents any rights of contact with their grandchildren but It contains via the child all a grandparent needs to be recognised seriously in their lives.
The Charter if mandatory gives the children the right to expect professionals to comply with it or give reasons to the contrary. The ethos of the Charter is when anyone is dealing in the welfare of children the role grandparent’s play must be considered seriously for their welfare.
We believe, if all is well, there should be equal parenting with grandparents as a back up for the welfare of children. We have no intentions of taking over or stepping on parents toes. Grandparents want to be considered more if the children are alone or have been abused or taken into care rather than go to strangers.
Other releases on this subject.
Grandparents Apart UK
22 Alness crescent
Glasgow G52 1PJ
0141 882 5658