A child’s parent breaks the child’s legs and pretends that the child fell over. The parent bruises the child and tells the child it is her own fault. A child is sexually abused. A child is neglected and left to fend for himself. A parent engages in a campaign of hatred and denigration of the child’s other parent, persuading the child into a fused and encapsulated delusion that the parent is harmful and has done harmful things.
Q. Which of these are child abuse and which are not?
A. All of them are child abuse.
Q. Which of these should be punished and the child protected from suffering such harm?
A. All of them.
Apparently not according to the head of CAFCASS who in a somewhat bewildering statement to the Telegraph this week tells us that parental alienation IS child abuse but that abuse cannot be punished because doing so…
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