A leading campaigner is planning a minute’s silence across the world to highlight the plight of victims of Parental Alienation.
Andrew John Teague, from Swansea, South Wales, has gathered thousands of global followers since he began his battle against the syndrome less than a year ago.
Now he is asking victims to log-on to Facebook at midday on April 9 for a minute of silence to mark Alienated Children Day.
Andrew said: “Abuse is abuse – and our children are victims of Parental Alienation just as much as we are. I have one question to ask the authorities and that’s ‘when are you going to stop the abuse of our children’.”
PA is when one parent undermines the role of the other by turning a child against them following a separation.
Between 2013 and 2016, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in Wales dealt with 22,670 cases involving children.
Andrew, who is the figure-head of D.A.D.S (Dads against double standards), is currently touring the UK with the Shirt of Our Backs element of his campaign … the names of parents and grandparents who have suffered because of PA are written on a shirt and left at court houses across the UK to make authorities aware of what is happening.
And it is working. A spokesman for the Welsh government has pledged to help victims. In a statement the devolved government said: “There are benefits children derive from having an ongoing positive relationship with both parents, as long as it is safe and in their best interest.
“To support parents who are separating we are developing information and advice services to help them focus upon how they can best support their children and make arrangements that meet their long term emotional needs.”
And Dry Sue Whitcombe, from not-for-profit Family Psychology Solutions, said social workers, psychologists and solicitors should be receiving training.
“This is a severe form of child emotional abuse when at its most severe and pure form and it needs to recognised along with those other types of child abuse,” she said.
There are laws in some countries, including Mexico and Italy, which punish parents who alienate one another.
Andrew also revealed that more and more he and others running the site are spending time talking to estranged parents who have hit rock bottom as their ex-partners twist their children against them or they come up against the brick wall of bureaucracy which ham-strings courts and social services.
Many parents find it so difficult to see their children that despite paying hundreds of pounds in maintenance they are also paying for supervised access. One man says this costs him EIGHTY pounds a time to spend two hours with his child.
Estranged parents – who have perhaps lost all contact because of lies about them – are certainly vulnerable and sadly to some suicide can appear to be the only way out.
Since campaigning began there have been three major breakthroughs in the battle against Parental Alienation.
Last week www.consumerwatchfoundation.com reported on a judge who is set to decide whether the human rights of two children have been affected by the syndrome.
The same judge has just ordered a council to pay the children’s father £15,000 after he was accused of sexual abuse and prevented from seeing his children for two years.
The man had made a complaint that social services bosses at Luton Borough Council had breached his human rights. Council bosses have apologised and agreed to pay £15,000 damages, the judge has been told.
Details of the case emerged in a ruling by Mr Justice Cobb following a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London. The judge said neither the children nor their father could be identified.
And in another glimmer of hope CWF, which is supporting the fight against PA, highlighted the fact that the head of the Britain’s family courts agency has finally agreed divorced and estranged parents who deliberately turn their children against ex-partners are guilty of abuse.
Anthony Douglas, chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, has publically come out against “parental alienation” admitting 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
Andrew 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.
“And one minute of silence across the world might just make people stop and think.”
Andrew will be at court houses in Bristol and Swansea in the near future. Watch this column for details or go to D.A.D.S (Dads against double standards) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1720744094852341/