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The Forgotten Children of drug and alcohol abuse.
There is a demonstration arranged for an investigation into family law administration
By: Grandparents Apart Self Help Group Scotland
considered by the Scottish Government.
The Forgotten Children of drug and alcohol abuse.
The forgotten children are children that are caught in a protection gap where no-one can help them if they are being abused until the unthinkable happens and in the situation of a 37% rise in drug and alcohol fatalities (one nearly every day) “Who” is looking out for these children? No-one! but grandparents. No one is permitted to contact them if the resident parent wishes it.
Children’s agencies say they can only cope with half the calls they receive and can only act when the abuse has been recognized, usually when a child has been badly abused or worse. A gap in child protection that grandparents could fill because of their unique relationship and love for their grandchildren;
An abuser of a child can get a court order with or without good reason banning a non-resident parent or grandparents from having contact when all they want is to know are the children OK. Surely this is in the best interests of a child? Every one who loves them should be able to have some contact in case of problems in their lives. A stranger is allowed to come and go any night and has abused and murdered a child. Non-resident parents and grandparents are enraged at this powerlessness to protect their own children.
The above was put to the previous Scottish Executive by Grandparents Apart Self Help Group Scotland their answer was “we have nothing further to add to our previous correspondence with you” Turning a blind eye will not make the abuse go away. It is obvious they had no answers to this problem. They have previously stated they also have no answer to non-compliance of flouted court orders.
The unique relationship children have with their grandparents must be explored and supported to the full for the welfare of our children. There is an army of grandparents out there where the majority of them would be delighted to help in early intervention should problems arise in their offspring’s home. For example, taking care of children and providing them with a known home environment rather than being taken to strangers, especially if their mum or dad is in trouble. The worst thing that can happen to a child at any age is to be parted from the family. The effects of this can be with them all their lives and lead to insecurity and problems in society.
There have been thousands of you calling our helpline for info or advice we now need you to help us to right the wrongs by demonstrating with us and telling us your experiences. We know the evidence is there but we need you to give it to us to prove the faults. Please write to us in strictest confidence. Your letter will not be used for any other purpose and will be destroyed when the sessions are over.
We have started a new train of thought on the whole subject of family law and how it is interpreted.
The Governments have always been steadfast in their view that our family law is fair and just and does not discriminate.
If the law is fair then why are there are so many heartbroken people claiming injustice. Responses to our previous questionnaire suggest the courts, Social Services, and solicitors are giving less than perfect service.
What then is the problem?
If it is not the law itself, the obvious conclusion must be the interpretation of the law that has fallen away from the way it was first intended. Social Services are famous for manipulating ‘the best interest of the children’ principle.
The judges and sheriffs of our courts, Social Services, solicitors and professionals dealing with children have all become complacent in the ‘best interest’ principle, using it for their own best interest.
For a number of years we have been highlighting the unfair outcome of family laws in the UK blaming the law itself. Almost every group in Britain complains of injustice. We cannot all be wrong. One group alone cannot make much headway in influencing the governments. (Except us of course, we managed to get the Charter for Grandchildren)
Brian McNair, one of the organisers asks that we bring along copies of court orders and one by one tear them up and put them in a bin to show that is all they are worth. Symbolic ones will be available at the demo.
Please hang the demo posters I have sent you in prominent positions for others to see. Tell everyone about the demo. Let’s use this demo to help restore Justice.
There will be a 12 seat mini-bus leaving Mosspark 8.30am, Govan x 8.45am Buchanan Stret 9am on the 20th for the demo in Edinburgh so call quickly 0141 882 5658 if you can come. There are still some seats available..
Myself, Brian and Richard have been invited to be part of the Scottish Government stakeholder focus groups on contact and we intend to make the most of it. Groups will consist of 2 sheriffs, 2 lawyers, social workers and other groups. With your help we will present a good case.
Brian McNair 01786 812 941. email@example.com
Jimmy Deuchars 0141 882 5658 jimmy@
Richard Fromholc 07811720815 richard.fromholc@
‘Only nine days to go’
Demo * Demo * Demo
This is a demo calling for an investigation.
The government assures us our family laws are ok. If this is true the problem must be in the interpretation of the laws, causing so much heart break and misery to millions.
Who are the people responsible for their misuse?
Wednesday 20th February 11.am – 2.30pm.
The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.
Who should attend? –
Everyone concerned about children’s welfare.
Parents, Grandparents and extended Family this is your chance to do something special for children. We all know someone affected by this problem so let’s get to the bottom of it.
How to get to the demo? - http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/
Brian McNair 01786 812 941………………bsmcnair@
Jimmy Deuchars 0141 882 5658…………jimmy@
Richard Fromholc 07811720815…………
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Grandparents Apart Self Help Group Scotland is a self help support and campaigning organisation for grandparents and grandchildren