What the Charter for Grandchild will do for Grandparents.
Grandparents Apart UK Website http://www.grandparentsapart.co.uk
Our first and foremost consideration is the welfare of our grandchildren. When you have had grandchildren taken from you that has bonded with you from birth and have heard their pleas of I love you and when are we coming home again, not only breaks your heart but devastates the children with a wrench that affects them all their lives.
Because of our personal experience and having had nowhere to turn to for support Grandparents Apart UK was born. We send information available to enquirers and have meetings to pass on our experiences. Our helpline for counselling has enabled thousands of grandparents to get back into their grandchildren’s lives.
Grandparents by law are regarded as irrelevant persons in their grandchildren’s lives therefore are often excluded from what is happening to their grandchildren by professionals, namely social services, they often tell grandparents “We don’t need to talk to you”. It is regularly said by governments and children’s groups that grandparents are very important in children’s lives. But only when it suits them it would appear.
The Charter for Grandchildren which the Scottish Executive created in answer to our protesting and lobbying was advisory only. The professionals ignore the Charter because it is only advisory and it would be a lot of bother for them to change their policies to accept it.
The present Scottish Government got rid of the problem by passing the responsibility onto the Local Services (The Town Hall) and Glasgow City Chambers has accepted the challenge by voting yes for consideration on 18th February 2010 with a standing ovation for Grandparents Apart UK. They have now passed it on to the P.D.C committee for closer scrutiny. This charter was created by the legal team of the Scottish Executive so we don’t know what they have to scrutinise.
Clearly the Charter for Grandchildren is for children to have the right for professionals to look more closely at the role grandparents can play in their grandchildren’s lives. This would obviously put grandparents in a more relevant position in their grandchildren’s lives by more inclusion in the deciding of their care and general welfare or an explanation to the contrary.
Grandparents Apart UK
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Glasgow G52 1PJ
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