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A leading campaigner in a world-wide battle to beat parental alienation has pledged to get fellow campaigners fighting fit.

Andrew John Teague, began his battle almost 18 months ago from the lounge of his home in Swansea with a handful of friends and victims of  the so-called syndrome which destroys relationships and families after separation.

Since then their Facebook page D.A.D.S. (dads against double standards) has collected more than 20,000 members from across the Globe. It has also been influential in the setting up of a new group of workshops, information and help resources, the National Association of Alienated Parents.

But now Andrew is making a series of personal fitness videos designed to keep victims fit enough to carry on fighting.

He said: “I have had to fight for a long time over my own case of parental alienation and I know what it takes out of you … being made to believe that your child hates you or doesn’t want to see you any more is not only heart-breaking but incredibly debilitating too.”

Three times a week Andrew holds the fitness sessions by video from the home he shares with Sophie David who has been fighting alongside him since day one. The consumerwatchfoundation.com will publish the videos too.

“Many people who end up losing contact with their children self-medicate, stop eating properly and can’t sleep. It can leave them a husk and that just isn’t any good if you are fighting for what’s right,” Andrew, a martial arts expert with decades of training, said.

“I hope by making these fitness videos, I can help people get back on their feet … once you feel better in yourself you find yourself more able to stand up for yourself.”

Andrew’s group has called for the resignation of CAFCASS chief Anthony Douglas. However,   they are now offering to meet up with Mr Douglas to find some common ground.

Andrew said: “For more than a decade they have advised social workers and the courts to view things in a manner which has ultimately damaging to so many families… what we want them to do now is talk to us.”

From spring this year, all front-line Cafcass caseworkers are expected to be given a new set of guidelines, the high conflict pathway, which will show the steps social workers must take when dealing with suspected alienation. The pathway will spell out exactly when children should be removed from the alienating parent and placed with the “target parent”.

The new approach will give parents the chance to change their behaviour with the help of therapy.   Alienating parents who do not respond will not be allowed to have their children live with them.

In addition, contact between the parent and child could be restricted or refused for a number of months. In the most extreme cases, the alienating parent will be permanently banned from any contact with their child.

Andrew John Teague

Andrew’s group has called for the resignation of CAFCASS chief Anthony Douglas. However,   they are now offering to meet up with Mr Douglas to find some common ground.

Andrew said: “For more than a decade they have advised social workers and the courts to view things in a manner which has ultimately damaging to so many families… what we want them to do now is talk to us.”

From spring this year, all front-line Cafcass caseworkers are expected to be given a new set of guidelines, the high conflict pathway, which will show the steps social workers must take when dealing with suspected alienation. The pathway will spell out exactly when children should be removed from the alienating parent and placed with the “target parent”.

The new approach will give parents the chance to change their behaviour with the help of therapy.   Alienating parents who do not respond will not be allowed to have their children live with them.

In addition, contact between the parent and child could be restricted or refused for a number of months. In the most extreme cases, the alienating parent will be permanently banned from any contact with their child.

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