In what is being seen as a ‘turn round’ Britain’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice has asked to see a video about parental alienation which is being set schools across the country.
Lucy Frazer, is the the politician responsible for the Ministry of Justice’s £1.2bn modernisation programme, and in a surprise email to leading campaigner her Chief Of Staff, Timothy Stafford, has asked for a copy of the video.
He said: “If you would like her to see the video please send it to her Parliamentary office at the House of Commons.”
This is a turn-round considering that last year Ms Frazer was handed a copy of the video by Andrew John Teague, from National Association of Alienated Parents and D.A.D.s (Dads against double standards) and it appeared to get forgotten about.
In fact afterwards Timothy Stafford said this in an email earlier this year: “I am afraid I do not see why you sent this to our office.”
But after major efforts across the UK – and the world – to bring parental alienation before the public conscience, things seem to be moving in the right direction.
Leigh G Banks, Editor at the consumerwatchfoundation.com said: “We have been working closely with groups wanting to see a change in the law as far as parental alienation is concerned and over the last two years, we have published well over 100 stories demanding a change.
“Some of those stories have revealed the real tragedy of the phenomenon, suicides, ruined lives, families torn apart by a court system that, while it recognises parental alienation exists, patently doesn’t appear to have even a basic understanding of it.”
Andrew, from Swansea, who has literally been climbing mountains in Europe to get the case across, said: “t seems as though they may be interest now . Let’s hope they are.
“NAAP and D.A.D.s are going to Downing Street to deliver the report and dvds.”
Already it has been delivered by members of NAAP and D.A.D.S (Dads against double standards) to more than 1,200 schools across the UK.
Andrew said: “It’s been one hell of a job getting the video to the right people but we’ve kept at it.
“Along the way though, so many people made it clear that they wanted a copy to share with family and friends and neighbours, anybody in fact who has been caught up in the tragedy of parental alienation.
“People need help to cope and hopefully this video shows them how to sort things out and tells us all what we can do. Schools should be playing their part and now many are.”
The video tells how PA affects children and offers guidance on how schools can spot those who are being used as a weapon against one of their parents.
And it pulls no punches, revealing how teachers and members of staff can make things worse by their reactions towards an ‘absent’ parent. Too often they accept as fact information given to them by the parent with care.
The video features PA advisor Stuart Hontree, and NAAP director Peter Davis as well as Andrew and others.
There are currently 32,113 schools in the UK. Of these, 20,925 are primary schools and 4,168 are secondary schools. There are 2,381 independent schools, 1,256 special schools and 351 pupil referral units. 1,617 schools are in Wales – 1,287 primary, 200 secondary and 70 independent schools. 5,045 schools are in Scotland and 1,170 schools in Northern Ireland.
Andrew said: “It’s a massive task I know, but we are determined to complete it. If we have to we’ll stand at every school gate in the country and hand the videos to staff. That’s how important it is for the people who very often spend more time with our children than we do!”
Schools have £90 billion to spend each year – but D.A.D.S and NAAP are supplying for free what could be one of the most important lessons for teachers regarding family life.
“The schools spend money on all sorts of teaching aids but we are giving them a lesson for the lives of their pupils for nothing – it’s going to take months. But we’ll just keep going.”
Cafcass – seen by so many victims of the phenomena as a major part of the problem – says it deals with 125,000 cases of parental alienation each year. Sarah Parsons, the assistant director, now says the organisation now recognises that the alienating parent’s aim is to persuade the child to permanently exclude that parent from their life.