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Parents who starve their children of love and affection face prosecution under a “Cinderella Law”, The Telegraph can disclose.
Changes to the child neglect laws will make “emotional cruelty” a crime for the first time, alongside physical or sexual abuse.
The Government will introduce the change in the Queen’s Speech in early June to enforce the protection of children’s emotional, social and behavioural well-being. Parents found guilty under the law change could face up to 10 years in prison, the maximum term in child neglect cases. www.telegraph.co.uk...
That is by far the articles most scary line. Think about it…
As many as 1.5 million British children are believed to suffer from neglect. www.telegraph.co.uk...
In 2010–11 children aged 10 to 15 who took part in Understanding Society; the United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study, were asked about how happy they were with their lives as a whole, and with their friends, family, school, school work and appearance.
Nearly nine in ten children said that they were relatively happy with their lives overall and only 4% reported being relatively unhappy. Children were most positive about their friends (96% relatively happy) and family (95% relatively happy) and least positive about their appearance (75% relatively happy). ‘Relatively happy’ refers to completely, mostly and somewhat happy.
Just over a third of children were completely happy with their lives overall (34%). However, well over half of respondents were completely happy with their friends (56%) and family (62%). By contrast, less than one in five respondents were completely happy with their school work or appearance (both 19%). www.ons.gov.uk...
The new offence would make it a crime to do anything that deliberately harmed a child’s “physical intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development”.
This could include deliberately ignoring a child, or not showing them any love, over prolonged periods, damaging a child’s emotional development.
Other new offences could include forcing a child to witness domestic violence, making a child a scape goat or forcing degrading punishments upon them.
Exactly. A certain amount should be tolerated before it’s a criminal matter. The problem with this law is it’s automatically criminal (as that's how all laws work). The kindest mother is prone to having a few bad days of the year, but soon if it’s detected, it’s potentially jail time.
bonchoHumans are damn cruel to people they love.
Animated Matter Is there any reasonable argument (not paranoid, conspiracy theory laden fantasies and hyperbole) why emotional abuse towards children shouldn't be unlawful?