Parental Alienation, Safeguarding, Schools and Local Authorities

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  1. Ally says:

    We are struggling to get information willingly from schools & GP. Besides emotional abuse from PA, we also suspect FII (muchausens by proxy) & are pulling the whole picture together ourselves, and are attempting to share across these organisations where relevant. Typically we send a letter with information & questions, and then have to chase for a reply, and then after still no reply we have to escalate it.
    None of them seem able to recognise emotional abuse and will only focus on the evidence they see from their own organisation and dealings with the mother. They always err on the side of caution & assume mother is just ‘extra caring’. We appear to be seen as the aggravators. Nothing has been learnt from Baby P etc.
    Having put in a safeguarding referral to social services last year, and it being a complete waste of time, we are reluctant to do so again as we think it could cause the children more harm, as the expertise just isn’t there. Local safeguarding board did nothing either. Still waiting for a reply from my email to them in February!

  2. Peter Davies says:

    Yet another superb expose from the Voice of the Child team. There are a couple of points that i think can be reinforced.

    The first point is the same social workers that ‘get involved in Public Law cases’, ‘help headteachers’ and ‘suggest any safeguarding referrals’ are those that having gained a minimum of 3 years post qualification experience in this environment, then apply for jobs in and form the workforce of Cafcass. Child protection departments are the first stage in the manufacturing process on the Cafcass FCA assembly line. This may account, in part, for the intransigent ‘…mindset…’ described by Anthony Douglas.

    The second point is that teachers are the second body or profession that your work has revealed to be antipathetic to the judicially observed phenomenon of PA. It is fair and reasonable to expect professionals to keep up with legal developments that affect their practice. It is normal for trade or professional journals to report such judgments. However, yet again, 14 years after Re O, when Wall J described PA as ‘…a well recognised phenomenon…’ and numerous reminders since, here is another profession that has clearly been antipathetic to developments in the law which impact upon their ability to safeguard children in their charge.

    I wonder whether landmark alienation cases have even been reported in the relevant journals.? There have now been so many that it points to either a complete lack of insight into the impact of the problem or deliberate censorship. I am not saying this without some justification because my own research on legal commentary to alienation reveals how the phenomenon is frequently not mentioned, mischaracterised or misrepresented by citing out of date terminology and research papers that have been superseded.

    Whether the cause of these omissions is knavery or carelessness the effecfts are the same.

  3. rob howgate says:

    superb article thanks.

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