Cafcass, evidence, and witnesses

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  1. DW says:

    High Conflict Pathway?

    Alienation, inflexible, uncooperative and mistrustful parenting, self-centred behaviours, repeat false accusations, and so forth, often indicate the presence of one or more of the APA DSM5 so called ‘Cluster B’ personality disorders. NHS cite study evidence indicating that brain abnormalities feature in these disorders. It’s not hard to access the NHS website. Unless you work for Cafcass, that is.

    You can’t get to a position of trust, healthy agreement and stable outcome with a parent who has paranoid beliefs, fears of abandonment, chronic mistrust, narcissism, antisocial behaviours, manipulative tendencies and great superficial charm/acting skills:

    ‘It is widely known that people with certain kinds of pathology are brilliant at looking like victims when they are actually perpetrators. They can ruin the life of an innocent person…You might wonder as you listen, is this person truly seeking wellness, self-protection or justice or is the goal to destroy someone else?’ (Barron, 2014)

    That is the ‘high conflict’ personality – someone whom Cafcass will almost be certainly treating as a victim, whose behaviours they will attribute to ‘domestic abuse’ and whose fictions will appear in Cafcass reports as facts. Let’s take BPD as a good example of the Cafcass ‘high conflict’ fallacy:

    ‘People with BPD are often very charming, funny and engaging…they work hard at covering their tracks’ (Stone,1992), ‘People with borderline personality disorder…manipulate situations so they look like the victim…They are very good at looking like they are the victim and gaining sympathy from others…’ (Dolecki, 2012), ‘A person with this disorder can often be bright and intelligent, and appear warm, friendly and competent’ (Corelli, Stanford), ‘…the person with borderline personality disorder is usually an angry, vengeful person who uses lies as weapons’ (Ford, 1996), ‘Some non-BPs have told us that that have been accused of harassment and abuse by the BP in their lives, been subject to damaging rumors and even faced legal action brought against them by borderlines without legitimate cause. We call these distortion campaigns’ (Mason, Kreiger, 2010) ‘…a person with BPD may react to an event that may seem small or unimportant to someone else, such as a misunderstanding, with very strong feelings of anger and unhealthy expressions of anger, such as yelling, being sarcastic, or becoming physically violent’ (Salters-Pedneault, 2017)

    Yet Cafcass, not knowing what BPD is, will promote this sort of parent as ‘victim’ and see the other parent as ‘high conflict’ and a risk. This results in a national carnage whereby harmless, normal parents get ruined by disordered parents and then by Cafcass as well.

    As usual with Cafcass, they ignore NHS and NICE, want anyway to yank everything back to ‘domestic abuse’ (their get out clause and catch all) and then – comically – approach complex psychiatric disorders as if Donna in a cheap suit sat in a grubby hall every Wednesday evening for a month can make such persons better by showing them some slides and handouts. Will that work? Errrm – no.

    But I admire the pluck involved. Will Cafcass being offering their expertise to NICE and NHS on PD and giving their treatment model to World Health Organisation for global rollout?

    ‘You just need some handouts and a flipchart, basically’.

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