So, one of the headlines in the Times this morning was: “Emotional cruelty to a child will become a crime”… What??? When??? And how is that going to work??? In the long string of parental alienation blogs here you can read the horrific story of the emotional abuse of my daughter Sydney by her mother and promoted by Surrey Social Services. All I was ever guilty of was being a model father and giving everything I had to my daughter… Surrey Social Services was so dire that in 2008, the then Secretary of State Ed Balls had to step in and fire everyone and take over its running. It’s simple, children need both parents, especially if they have the opportunity to to have them. My ex-wife just decided that she should be free to alienate my daughter from me , and severely emotionally abuse her, and Surrey Social Services not only endorsed it, they even paid for the Barrister to go into the High Court and demand it.
Outlaw emotional abuse of children? Surrey Social Services would have to be the first people to be put in jail over this new plan… Here’s the article if you don’t want to look it up…
Last updated at 11:02AM, March 31 2014
Parents who starve their children of love and affection face being prosecuted in the criminal courts under a new law, it emerged last night. The imminent changes to child neglect laws, announced by Robert Buckland, Conservative MP for South Swindon, will make extreme emotional cruelty a crime for the first time, alongside physical and sexual abuse as crimes against children.
The Government is set to introduce the change in the Queen’s Speech in early June, making it a crime to do anything that deliberately harms a child’s “physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development”.
Mr Buckland, a part-time judge who has been campaigning on the issue, said: “We’re talking here about children who very often end up as the subject of case reviews or in child protection situations where they’re taken into care, and we’re dealing very much with the upper end of the scale.
“But it seems to me, unless we modernise the law and take into account what we now know about the severe effects on children of psychological and emotional abuse, then we’re failing a whole range of children in our society.
“One and a half million children in the UK suffer from neglect. I think it’s time that the law was updated to offer even better protection for them.”
Government sources have confirmed to the BBC that the new law is likely to be in place before the next election, and could potentially be added as an extra clause to the Criminal Justice Bill going through Parliament.
Parents found guilty of emotional cruelty could face up to ten years in prison. The new offences could also include forcing a child to witness domestic violence, forcing degrading punishments on them or making them a scapegoat.
Currently, an adult responsible for a child can be prosecuted only if he or she has deliberately assaulted, abandoned or exposed a child to suffering or injury to their health.
The Children and Young Persons Act 1933 is more than 80 years old, with certain sections dating back to 1868.
“If we ignore the growing body of scientific evidence that shows that this type of emotional, psychological course of conduct doesn’t affect children’s development then I think we’re failing to protect children adequately,” Mr Buckland said.
He added that prosecutors would still need to demonstrate that the abuse had passed the threshold of “significant harm” to the child.
The charity Action for Children has campaigned for three years for a “Cinderella Law” to make emotional neglect of children illegal.
Sir Tony Hawkhead, the charity’s chief executive, welcomed the promised change to the law as “a monumental step forward” for thousands of children suffering emotional abuse.
“I’ve met children who have been scapegoated in their families, constantly humiliated and made to feel unloved. The impact is devastating and can lead to life-long mental health problems and, in some cases, suicide,” said Sir Tony.
“We are one of the last countries in the Western world to recognise all forms of child abuse as a crime. Years of campaigning have been rewarded, the Government has listened and this law will change lives.”
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “The Government believes protecting children from harm is fundamental and that child cruelty is an abhorrent crime which should be punished.
“Every child should be able to grow up in a safe environment. We are considering ways the law can support this.”