Make Parental Alienation illegal in the UK
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Divorced or separated parents who "brainwash" their children against ex-partners are guilty of “abuse," the head of the agency that looks after youngsters' interests in family courts has said.
Anthony Douglas, chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), warned against the danger of "Parental Alienation."
He said the deliberate manipulation of a child by one parent against the other has become so common in family breakdowns that it should be dealt with like any other form of neglect or child abuse.
According to Cafcass, Parental Alienation is responsible for around 80 per cent of the most difficult cases that come before the family courts.
Alienation can include a parent constantly badmouthing or belittling the other adult, limiting contact between the child and the targeted parent, forbidding discussion about them, creating the impression the parent does not love the child and forcing the child to reject the parent.
“It’s undoubtedly a form of neglect or child abuse in terms of the impact it can have," said Mr Douglas. “I think the way you treat your children after a relationship has broken up is just as powerful a public health issue as smoking or drinking.”
Although it is becoming far more recognised in court, it is still perfectly legal to subject a child to this.
Children are missing out on time with their Mother's, Fathers, Siblings, Cousins, Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles... purely because the resident Parent is isolating and manipulating the Child in question.
It truly destroys lives.
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