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Give children the legal right to see their grandparents

Currently more than 1 million children in the UK are denied contact with their grandparents.

Let's campaign together to give children their right to see their grandparents as long as it is safe to do so.

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    Jackie SheridanJackie Sheridan shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        just recently in case with social work department,having concern for my two grandchildren,as a result my son and us as grandparents have been denied our fortnightly visits.Having done no wrong the kids parent with her new husband have cut off all contact.Feel at the moment there is no justice feeling let down by the ones that are supposed to put kids first and dont do so,even when it has been proved there are concerns,but not significant to warrant further investigation.WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN BEFORE PEOPLE LISTEN.

      • DeborahDeborah commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to try and get a campaign going again about this issue. Having not seen my grandchildren for 18 months now after a family argument, I know how painful it is. My two grandaughters have lost half their heritage by not having any contact with me. We all need as many people around us as possible that love us. There are no automatic rights for grandparents in this country as there are in places like France.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What gives parents the right to stop their children from seeing their grandparents without any reason. They are denying them their heritage and their Human Rights. Also they are denying them so much love they so much need.

      • Jenny RoblettJenny Roblett commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd like to see more votes for this cause. Also interested in support groups for estranged grandparents/children. Any ideas?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        what right does one person gave to stop a childs grandparents who had brought them up for 12 years to allow both parents to work . the law should be changed and not let one person be oh so powerful over other peoples lifes

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thanks to you too Jackie

        Look how many votes there were to Save our Forests, aren't children even more important?! How do we get more votes....?!

        Janette

      • Jackie SheridanJackie Sheridan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thank you Janette for encouraging me in keeping this going. There are relatively so few people signing and forwarding when so so many have lost or have little contact with their children and grandchildren. Brushing this under the carpet will not make it go away.

        Jackie

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi

        I'm emailing this link to everyone I know, the votes have gone up today to 191, we must keep it going.

        Janette

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        it is time someone listened to the children, really listened.many profess to listen but they are so engrossed in their own self importance they become selectively mute.

      • Money4MonopolyMoney4Monopoly commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        mmmm....Jackie I think that your proposal for this campaign may be flawed although I do not doubt your good intentions. See the provisions of the Childrens Act and also case law on Grand Parents (maternal and paternal) rights to Contact (visit) and Residence Orders as well as being party to and being able to bring proceedings in their own right. See also the Family Law Act.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't quite know why you would want to do this. It is my understanding the government's past and present in the developed countries are striving very hard to break down the family unit. If that is the case why would you want to act against the wishes of the state?

      • colyn weavercolyn weaver commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's incredibly sad to think that many children are denied the right to see their grandparents, as long as its safe to do so. A relationship with a loving grandparent is very special and plays a very important part in a childs world.

      • Jackie SheridanJackie Sheridan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When adults fall out, (often for trivial reasons that can escalate), parents sometimes no longer allow their children to see their grandparents.

        As the law now stands it supposes that estranged blood grandparents do not have the right to ask to see their grandchildren unless they first ask permission to go to court.
        This automatically puts us on a weak footing even when leave is granted and wastes time.

        Not having the right to appeal gives grandparents less value and status than a murderer.

        It is a very emotional and psychologically draining process to endure.

        Many grandparents report that they feel ambivolent about taking their children to court.

        Grandparents in this situation should be allocated an advocat to help them put their case across in court.

        The process is extremely lengthy and expensive which is devastating and causes distress and loss to the child who is not allowed to see his/her grandparents.

        The precious years lost for children and grandparents apart can never be regained. The process should be much shorter.

        All of the above is only relevant as long as it is safe for the child to see the grandparent.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Grandparents can offer so much and their grandchildren and it children should have the right to have contact with them.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In our 11 years of experience grandparents do not want to be a source of conflict regarding rights to their grandchildren. Their only conern is they are happy and well looked after and to be kept in reasonable contact.
        The Charter for Grandchildren was created by us and a Scottish Government for such an instance. It gives the rights to the child/ren to have grandparents in their lives or an explanation why not. The Charter is parent friendly as it does not give grandparents any rights over parents or allow them to interfere with a child's upbringing.
        Jimmy Deuchars
        Grandparents Apart UK

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree that grandparents should have the right to see their grandchildren, other wise it is really cruel.

        Sandra Eros

      • janet hearnjanet hearn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        children should have the right to know their families especially gandparents, who usually have the time to give100% attention to their grand children and therefore create a special bond and a safe place for childhood emotions.

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