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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21018: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has with groups that advocate on behalf of grandparents who seek the right to access their grandchildren following family breakdown.

Answered by: Ash Denham 25 January 2019

We have recently consulted on the review of Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. The consultation sought views on whether there should be a presumption in law that grandchildren benefit from contact with their grandparents. We are now considering next steps.

We held a number of meetings with a range of stakeholders across the country during the consultation period, including with Grandparents Apart UK and Families need Fathers Scotland.