Guide and selected reading on Children Resisting Contact and Parental Alienation

My thanks to long-time friend of this blog Rosemary Slessor for bringing my attention to what looks like a useful resource on the topic of children resisting contact and parental alienation. Prepared by retired Scottish child and family psychiatrist Nick Child, the guide is obviously written from the Scottish perspective, but I think will be very helpful to those involved in children disputes south of the border, particularly for its international reading list, complete with links.

The guide may be found here (scroll down the page to the second item).


  1. John,

    Thanks for posting this excellent and insightful article on a controversial topic. I see Karen Woodall gets an honourable mention too and the reading list is excellent.
    Didn't Nick Mostyn get the term "parental alienation" into the judicial lexicon by way of an appeal a few years back when he was still acting as a QC? Was it Re.T?

  2. Karen Woodall is doing some excellent work, and deserves a big gold medal for her it. In a world that has become so cruel, she is a beacon of hope.

  3. That's the one, John- thanks. I didn't realise it was that long ago. I remember it for the pithy chronology Mostyn submitted and relied on (at para 19). I thought it was genius.
    I do wish they could come up with more creative titles for judgements. They would be so much easier to recall if they named them after, say, Hank Williams or Bob Dylan songs.

    1. Yes! How about Just Like a Woman instead of Charman v Charman?


  4. That would do it! And White v White.. "I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more"


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