Learn more about our cookies policy here.
28/04/2017 By: Camilla Highmoor
The psychological and emotional manipulation of a child by one parent against the other, parental alienation has recently been described by Anthony Douglas, chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) as “a form of neglect”. In extreme, but sadly not unusual circumstances, this form of psychological abuse leads to the long-term, or even permanent, estrangement of a child from one parent and/or other family members. Research shows that parental alienation can also increase the risk of the child developing mental and physical illnesses and the likelihood of substance abuse and addiction in later years.
Although there is no easy-fix solution, whether you are the parent being alienated or whether you are, however inadvertently, the parent alienating the other, the best way to avoid parental alienation is to strive for successful co-parenting from that outset. Read some of our other articles about putting your children first and listening to your children for more information.
Here are our some of our top tips for successful co-parenting.