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Entries in Parental Alienation Awareness Day (3)

Wednesday
Apr252018

International Parental Alienation Awareness Day

This poster has been produced to mark this date by organisations from a wide range of countries - from Argentina to Iceland.  Click on the thumbnail image to see them all.

This joint action shows that there is growing understanding of Parental Alienation (PA) and what can be done to counter it, but there is still a long way to go. 

In Scotland we need more family therapists and child psychologists to be prepared and trained work with the children and parents affected by PA and other aspects of children resisting contact, and also far wider understanding amongst social workers, teachers, health professionals and family lawyers and sheriffs. 

The aim would be to provide appropriate support to families as soon as possible, and for the court system to act swiftly and firmly when contact is interrupted.  The imminent consultation on family law reform in Scotland will be an opportunity to consider this issue, but we don't need to wait for law reform to bring about changes which will prevent children from losing contact with one of their parents.

Families Need Fathers Scotland will continue to raise this issue whenever possible and help build up awareness in Scotland.  Here are links to posts from Richard Warshak and Nick Child that also mark PA Awareness Day.

Tuesday
May092017

24 MSPs support Parental Alienation Awareness motion

The motion tabled at the Scottish Parliament by John Mason MSP to mark International Parental Alienation Awareness Day at the end of April has now been signed by 24 other MSPs as noted below. 

The day was also marked by a press release issued across Europe by the Platform for European Fathers, and a Good Parenting ‘quiz’ issued by FNF to help raise the awareness of the blight that parental alienation can impose on the relationship between children and a once much loved parent.  

International Parental Alienation Awareness Day 

That the Parliament notes that 25 April marks International Parental Alienation Awareness Day; notes that, in over 30 countries, the day aims to highlight the damaging impact that such alienation, when one parent influences a child to reject the other parent following separation, can have on families; believes that, as this can sometimes happen unintentionally, highlighting the signs of alienation are key; understands that the side effects of such alienation can include an increased risk to the mental health of the children and family members who lose access; considers that, where possible, allowing both parents to be involved in the life of a child following separation leads to the best outcome, and hopes that the awareness day will help increase awareness of the benefits that healthy relationships between separated parents can bring.

Supported by: James Dornan, Gillian Martin, Ivan McKee, David Torrance, Sandra White, Ash Denham, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Jeremy Balfour, Fulton MacGregor, Ben Macpherson, Clare Haughey, Jenny Gilruth, Kate Forbes, Maree Todd, Gil Paterson, David Stewart, Tom Arthur, Bob Doris, Gordon Lindhurst, Daniel Johnson, Stuart McMillan, Donald Cameron

Tuesday
Apr252017

Scottish Parliament marks Parental Alienation Awareness Day

A motion tabled by John Mason MSP has already been signed by 18 other MSPs as noted below. 

The day has also been marked by a press release issued across Europe by the Platform for European Fathers, and a Good Parenting ‘quiz’ issued by FNF to help raise the awareness of this terrible problem and the types of unacceptable behaviour that lead to children being alienated against formerly much loved parents.  

"International Parental Alienation Awareness Day  

That the Parliament notes that 25 April marks International Parental Alienation Awareness Day; notes that, in over 30 countries, the day aims to highlight the damaging impact that such alienation, when one parent influences a child to reject the other parent following separation, can have on families; believes that, as this can sometimes happen unintentionally, highlighting the signs of alienation are key; understands that the side effects of such alienation can include an increased risk to the mental health of the children and family members who lose access; considers that, where possible, allowing both parents to be involved in the life of a child following separation leads to the best outcome, and hopes that the awareness day will help increase awareness of the benefits that healthy relationships between separated parents can bring."

Supported by: James Dornan, Gillian Martin, Ivan McKee, David Torrance, Sandra White, Ash Denham, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Jeremy Balfour, Fulton MacGregor, Ben Macpherson, Clare Haughey, Jenny Gilruth, Kate Forbes, Maree Todd, Gil Paterson, David Stewart, Tom Arthur