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Awareness of Parental Alienation growing

cover illustration on Craig's bookMany of the people who contact Families Need Fathers Scotland are concerned that children are refusing to see or talk to a parent with whom they previously had a strong and happy relationship.  Many parents encounter this problem after separation, particularly when the break-up has been highly conflicted or their contact with their children has been severely limited.

The most severe form of this rejection is now recognised as Parental Alienation (PA).  It can cause great damage to children with long-lasting effects if nothing is done to restore relationships. In the immediate term the painful disruption is experienced by the non-resident parent but we are aware of cases in which the alienating parent finds her/his conduct rebounding on them in the long term when the children as adults choose to restore relations with the alienated parent.

As evidence of the growing awareness of this issue, we note several recent developments:

FNF Scotland recently took part in the first UK meeting of the Parental Alienation Study Group which has about 170 members – mostly mental health and legal professionals – from 32 countries. The members of PASG are interested in educating the general public, mental health clinicians, forensic practitioners, lawyers and judges regarding parental alienation.

As a result of this Edinburgh gathering, a UK section of PASG was initiated and we will arrange another briefing event to be held in Scotland - more details to follow.

Adding to the growing literature, a new book by Craig Childress "An Attachment-based Model of Parental Alienation: Foundations" defines PA within standard and established psychological principles and constructs, thereby producing an attachment-based model that can be used for diagnosis and treatment.

Grandparents Need Access Too is a web site highlighting the pain and anguish felt by all family members affected by PA.  The grandmother who created the site would like to hear from others, and is keen to set up some form of support in the Perthshire area.

the alienation experience web site maintained by Nick Child contains lots of useful and interesting links.

Families Need Fathers Scotland will continue try and raise awareness and understanding of Parental Alienation in Scotland, alongside all the other organisations and individuals who are working to counter this awful by-product of separation.


Victoria Derbyshire discusses Grandparents lack of legal rights

Victoria DerbyshireOn BBC Radio 5 live  Victoria Derbyshire today hosted a phone-in and debate on grandparents lack of legal rights to see their grandchildren. 

"Victoria hears from grandparents who've been arrested or cautioned after trying to contact their grandchildren after a family fall-out. As the law stands at the moment grandparents have no legal rights to see their grandchild. It means they can be denied access following rows with their children or after bitter divorce cases. Victoria speaks to grandparents and to a Conservative MP who says police are being too heavy handed."

The programme can be accessed on BBC iPlayer for 7 days. Alternatively you can download Victoria Derbyshire's Interviews of the Week podcast.