"Bringing Families Together"

"Bringing Families Together"

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Mediation Service for Grandparents & Family

A very much needed mediation service for grandparent’s inclusion into the family is being funded by Relationships Scotland.. We at Grandparents Apart UK are delighted by this service as we have been asking for it for years but could not supply it ourselves because it would need to cover the whole country and funding was not available when we applied for it.

This project should enhance the Charter for Grandchildren which will ensure that child care professionals really do work in the best interests of children rather than their own. The Charter was created by a previous Scottish Government and recently accepted by Glasgow City Council. We are now waiting very very very patiently for Glasgow social services to comment on it supposedly this August. .

We do counselling by telephone which has enabled hundreds of grandparents to be included back in their grandchildren’s lives. The problem is, it is generally one-sided. This new service will encourage families to mediate in a neutral environment which will focus entirely on the best interests of the children.

The objective is for families to become aware of the harm that is done to children when families cannot resolve their differences and recognise that early intervention is essential to prevent molehills becoming mountains.

This is a real breakthrough for the sake of our children and we will encourage everyone to play their part as responsible adults and cut down on alienation and use of children as weapons in family conflict.

It is also hoped to avoid the trauma of going to court which generally makes matters worse.. Too many children are being denied the love and support of their extended family because of adult disagreements.

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

Research shows. More parents rely on grandparents. http://chatterboxblogforyou.blogspot.com/2010/08/more-parents-rely-on-grandparents.html

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the ongoing support for our new intergenerational mediation service. The service will launch shortly and your readers can keep up to date on the progress by signing up to our newsletter on www.familysupport.org.uk

    Just to clarify, the project is funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. We are an independent family support charity based in South Lanarkshire, affiliated to Relationships Scotland.

    Ross McCulloch
    Development Manager
    Family Mediation South Lanarkshire