Calls to tackle parental alienation in Wales

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Neil McEvoy AM, along with Assembly Members from across Wales, have called for legislation to support shared parenting and tackle parental alienation. Seven Assembly Members from different parties introduced a motion that will focus on recognising parental alienation as emotional abuse of children, with a view to legislation being adopted in future.

Parental Alienation has been defined by the Ministry of Justice as a situation in which one parent (usually the parent with whom the child lives) behaves in a way which creates anxiety in the child, so that it appears the child is opposed to living or spending time with the other parent. Cafcass England already recognises Parental Alienation as a form of abuse and trains staff to help families, whereas Cafcass Cymru are yet to recognise the issue in the same way.

The motion to the National Assembly also calls upon the Welsh Government to fund training for professionals, including social workers and Cafcass Cymru staff, with the aim to protect children from Parental Alienation. 

Neil McEvoy AM, who co-signed the motion said:

“Parental Alienation must be identified as a serious issue in Wales, as it is in England.”

“Welsh Ministers have a duty of care to children to protect them from the emotional abuse that Parental Alienation can bring.”

“Too many parents have lost access to their children through no fault of their own, it’s about time that something is done by the Welsh Government to prevent any more parents suffering this kind of heartbreak.”

“Training is needed for professionals on Parental Alienation in Wales in order for them to support children and their families in the right way. I’m glad that politicians from across Wales and from different parties are now supporting shared parenting.”

Paul Apreda, from Both Parents Matter said:

 

“Using a child against a former partner is child abuse, plain and simple. Not just because of the impact on the rejected parent but also the psychological abuse suffered by the child when they are manipulated by a controlling parent to reject the other half of their family. Welsh children should be protected under law from parental alienation, just like children in England are.”

Neil McEvoy AM, along with Assembly Members from across Wales, have called for legislation to support shared parenting and tackle parental alienation. Seven Assembly Members from different parties introduced a motion that will focus on recognising parental alienation as emotional abuse of children, with a view to legislation being adopted in future.

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