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Call to update law for most vulnerable children

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Action for Children charity is promoting a campaign to change an 80-year-old child neglect law which doesn’t protect children from emotional abuse. At a recent briefing event Meg Munn MP met victims of such abuse and discussed with supporters of the charity their proposals.

Meg worked for many years in social work before becoming an MP, and set up and Chairs the Child Protection All-Party Parliamentary Group to bring expertise in this area to bear in Parliament.

Action for Children has been working with senior legal and academic professionals to propose a new law which will make it illegal to emotionally neglect or abuse a child. The proposed changes will also make it easier for police and social workers work together on cases of child neglect.

Meg said:

“Neglect is the most common form of child abuse and the police are powerless to intervene in cases of emotional or psychological cruelty. In the light of recent horrific cases we must enact laws that protect the most vulnerable children. Action for Children’s campaign to update the law on child neglect is a timely one and I lend my support.”

Matthew Downie, head of campaigns at Action for Children, said:

“The current law only covers physical harm and not emotional or psychological neglect - like on-going humiliation, refusal to speak to a child or isolation or scapegoating. This just doesn’t match up with the modern understanding of neglect and the negative affect this has on a child’s development.” 

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