Courts agency boss stands up and says parental alienation is abuse

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Divorced and estranged parents who deliberately turn their children against ex-partners are guilty of abuse, the head of the Britain’s family courts agency has finally agreed.

This comes as a small sense of relief for groups set up to fight what is seen by many as a deliberate bias within the child care system towards the parent with care.

Anthony Douglas, chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, has publically come out against “parental alienation” and   victim of the syndrome, Andrew J Teague, of D.A.D.s against double standards, said: “Finally, our group and the many other groups battling against parental alienation, can take some comfort in what has been said … but it doesn’t mean the battle is over. Now we need to get the law to see it as a crime.”

Mr Douglas admitted that manipulation of children by a parent has become so endemic in family break-ups that it should be dealt with like any other form of neglect or abuse.

Alienation can include a parent bad-mouthing or belittling the other parent or limiting contact, banning talking about them, making it seem like the absent parent does not love the child and making the child 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.”

Often, cases can involve serious allegations ranging from domestic violence to sexual abuse. Professionals, including social workers and child protection officers and the courts, have assumed a default position of believing allegations made by children.
However, in some countries, there is legislation to prevent parental alienation. In Italy parents can be fined, but in Mexico guilty adults can be given a 15-year jail term.

However, judges in the UK are starting to understand parental alienation, leading to some children being removed from the home of an offending parent.

Andrew said: “Before I started D.A.D.s I vowed to fight for all the children in the United Kingdom who are forced to suffer in silence and I will never give up until we have got the law changed.  We are coming out in force in Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales to stand up against this awful syndrome which ruins thousands of lives every year.”

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which hosts the live cult news show Postcard from Poprad every Friday, are supporting the battle against parental alienation and CWF editor Leigh G  Banks said: “It is amazing how many people have suffered in this way and how shameful it is for parents to use their own children as weapons of emotional destruction. If your marriage is coming to an end you are very likely to become a victim of it … there are 75,000 new cases of parental alienation reported every year. Something needs to be done. That’s why myself and broadcast director at rti.fm Eric Wiltsher have pledged our support to those fighting it and we will continue to do so until the war is won.”

 


D.A.D.s is arranging a peaceful protest at court houses across the UK next Tuesday (February 21, 2017) under its Shirt Off My Back campaign.

Divorced and estranged parents who deliberately turn their children against ex-partners are guilty of abuse, the head of the Britain’s family courts agency has finally agreed.

This comes as a small sense of relief for groups set up to fight what is seen by many as a deliberate bias within the child care system towards the parent with care.

Anthony Douglas, chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, has publically come out against “parental alienation” and   victim of the syndrome, Andrew J Teague, of D.A.D.s against double standards, said: “Finally, our group and the many other groups battling against parental alienation, can take some comfort in what has been said … but it doesn’t mean the battle is over. Now we need to get the law to see it as a crime.”

Mr Douglas admitted that manipulation of children by a parent has become so endemic in family break-ups that it should be dealt with like any other form of neglect or abuse.

Alienation can include a parent bad-mouthing or belittling the other parent or limiting contact, banning talking about them, making it seem like the absent parent does not love the child and making the child 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.”

Often, cases can involve serious allegations ranging from domestic violence to sexual abuse. Professionals, including social workers and child protection officers and the courts, have assumed a default position of believing allegations made by children.
However, in some countries, there is legislation to prevent parental alienation. In Italy parents can be fined, but in Mexico guilty adults can be given a 15-year jail term.

However, judges in the UK are starting to understand parental alienation, leading to some children being removed from the home of an offending parent.

Andrew said: “Before I started D.A.D.s I vowed to fight for all the children in the United Kingdom who are forced to suffer in silence and I will never give up until we have got the law changed.  We are coming out in force in Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales to stand up against this awful syndrome which ruins thousands of lives every year.”

www.consumerwatchfoundation.com  and international broadcaster www.rti.fm

which hosts the live cult news show Postcard from Poprad every Friday, are supporting the battle against parental alienation and CWF editor Leigh G  Banks said: “It is amazing how many people have suffered in this way and how shameful it is for parents to use their own children as weapons of emotional destruction. If your marriage is coming to an end you are very likely to become a victim of it … there are 75,000 new cases of parental alienation reported every year. Something needs to be done. That’s why myself and broadcast director at rti.fm Eric Wiltsher have pledged our support to those fighting it and we will continue to do so until the war is won.”

 


D.A.D.s is arranging a peaceful protest at court houses across the UK next Tuesday (February 21, 2017) under its Shirt Off My Back campaign.

 

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2 thoughts on “Courts agency boss stands up and says parental alienation is abuse

  1. When one parent demands the other be excluded from the child’s life, perhaps mandatory foster care should be proposed until such time as they agree, or a court decides, will make the miscreants more amenable to realistic negotiation. The average alienator, once faced with equal treatment to that of “the enemy” will rapidly become negotiable. Solomonic, but effective.

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