A group of parents who have lost contact with their children stripped to the waist outside the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff in a major protest against parental alienation.
The members of D.A.D.s (Dads against double standard) braved wind and rain to make their point in the 19th Shirt off My Back protest against the syndrome which is destroying families world-wide.
Andrew John Teague, from Swansea, said: “The authorities take everything else off us so they might as well take shirt off our backs…”
The group is also calling for the resignation of Cafcass boss Anthony after claims he appears to be back-tracking over pledges to change the system so that parents and children are treated better by courts and social workers.
Mr Douglas said recently; “The care system has to gear up for higher numbers. This needs new investment, new ideas and most of all the next generation of staff and carers to be recruited, motivated and supported.
He also said that divorced parents who “brainwash” their children against ex-partners are guilty of “abuse”.
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.
But he also had this to say: “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.”
However, Andrew said: “Their appeared to be a glimmer of hope when he first spoke but now it is felt that generally he is back-tracking. It’s time for new blood.”