Monday, April 23, 2012

New report calls for reform of the law on child neglect

As mentioned in my news podcast this morning, a new report commissioned by the charity Action for Children claims that the criminal law on child abuse is failing to protect children suffering neglect and emotional trauma, and needs updating. The report is part of the charity's campaign asking the Government to review the Children and Young Persons Act 1933, which the charity considers is no longer fit for purpose, as:

  • It fails to reflect the full range of harm neglected children suffer
  • It leaves parents unclear about their responsibilities towards children
  • Rather than trying to improve parenting, it only seeks to punish parents after neglect has happened

You can read the report, here. There is also a Press Association story about the report, here.

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