The Queen announces update to child neglect law

Posted by Matt Downie / Wednesday 04 June 2014 / Child neglect Law Emotional neglect

Minutes ago the Queen announced the Government will update the law on child neglect.

She said: “A serious crime Bill will be brought forward to tackle child neglect”

This is a monumental step forward in the protection of children. Severe emotional abuse ruins children’s lives, and it will soon be outlawed.

We were reminded last week of how important it is for us to tackle the emotional abuse of children with a 50% increase in the number of people calling an NSPCC helpline to report their concerns for children.

Of course we should not criminalise parents who can and should be helped to change their behaviour, and in the vast majority of cases a social services response is what is required, but we know that in some cases this is not enough.

We’re one of the last countries in the western world to make emotional abuse illegal and this small but very significant change to the law can’t come soon enough. As the details of the Government’s proposals are put together we will work closely with them to get the wording right.

Thank you to all of you who have supported the campaign this far. Without you, in your thousands, this campaign wouldn’t have been so successful and you made this change happen.

We will need to keep the pressure up as the Bill makes it way through Parliament over the coming months. If you haven’t already, do show your support for protecting children from emotional abuse by signing up here.

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