"Bringing Families Together"

"Bringing Families Together"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Politics of the Charter for Grandchildren.

Will our grandchildren ever benefit from it?

No Scottish political party except the pensioners party (SSCUP) has shown much enthusiasm for helping our grandchildren benefit from the role grandparents can play in their lives. Grandparents are excluded by law and a multitude of case histories and petitions motivated the then Scottish Executive to produce the Charter for Grandchildren.

It was created as advisory with no bite to it and has been completely ignored by the professionals working in the welfare of children. Every day we hear of grandchildren still being cut of from their grandparents love and protection. The governments past and present have failed miserably We can only come to the conclusion The Charter for Grandchildren was just created without any real attempt to improve the lives of our grandchildren just to shut us up. But that is not going to happen.

The present government had a couple of SNP MSPs from our area in Glasgow and Kilmarnock Aberdeen show some interest but they soon faded away when they were asked to do something positive. In fact the SNP not only has shown little time for the Charter for Grandchildren but deliberately got shot of it by passing the buck for its administration down to the local authorities.

Glasgow City Chambers, In power there is the same political party that created the Charter for Grandchildren very quickly voted to accept the Charter for Grandchild and passed it to the DPC committee which is I am informed is another way of shelving the problem as they will need too analise the charter to see what can be used although it was the same government who created it with their own lawyers in a stakeholders group in the best interests of the children. So, what is there to analise?

We have asked all the questions of when it will be settled but have had no reply from any councillor.

Children are still not enjoying the protection and care their grandparents can give them because of these delays and it’s a disgrace.

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

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