I received a letter today 4/9/2010 from Glasgow City Council Stating that The meeting of The Children and Families Development Committee regarding the Charter for Grandchildren was held on the 26 August 2010’
David Crawford the head of social services informed me by letter I would receive his proposals for the committee which I never did. It would appear to me that social services are opposed to change. It proves again that their interest only lies in their own backyard. Quote Thank you for your letter dated 1 June 2010. It is my intention to take a report on this issue to the Education, Children and Families Policy Committee in August. I will confirm the arrangements for this nearer the time and give you a copy of the report which we will present to-elected members. unquote.
Finally their proposals are that the procedures for involving the extended family are already in place Quote, 3.1. The attached charter outlines the rights of children and the responsibilities of statutory agencies which are already in legislation. primarily the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and the Adoption Act (Scotland) 2009, which ensure that in making decisions on the lives of children a full assessment of need should be undertaken, involving all relevant people. The definition of relevant people includes grandparents.
3.2. It is proposed therefore that the Council is able to acknowledge that the rights of children and the role that grandparents play is already understood and part of . practice in working with children and their families. unquote.
If as they claim that legislation is already available then why obstruct a charter that focuses on and clarifies the road professionals should be going down.
The legislation they are talking about is not being observed we need a Charter for Grandchildren to focus entirely on the rights of grandchildren.
This reluctance for social services to accept the Charter for Grandchildren is driven by the loss of face in being proven they cannot cope.
Day in and day out Families are being torn apart by social services telling extended families “You are irrelevant. We don’t need to talk to you” It would be in the councils best interest if families were encouraged to unite and solve their own problems rather than have social services driving them apart and costing tax payers a fortune.
Grandparents Apart UK
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Glasgow G52 1PJ
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