Campaign success: you’ve persuaded the Government to change the law on neglect

Posted by Matt Downie / Monday 31 March 2014 / Law Child neglect

Today something amazing has happened.

In today's media the Government said they will update the law on child neglect.

Yes, you read that right. The Government are going to do what we’ve been campaigning for: change the law in England and Wales to make emotional abuse of children a criminal offence. We did it!

Days like this don’t come along very often. Together we’ve been campaigning for this change for 3 years, and it’s been nearly 81 years since the law on child cruelty was last changed.

Back then (in 1933) there was limited appreciation of emotional abuse and neglect and even less recognition of its impact upon children’s lives. Today we rightly recoil in horror when we hear about emotional abuse, and we also know that it can have a devastating impact, ruining children’s lives.

Much is still to be done and we have not seen the details yet. When we do we must of course make sure that the new law does not criminalise vulnerable parents, but today I think we should celebrate a huge legal and cultural step forward.

Thank you to everyone who has emailed, written, tweeted, lobbied, given speeches, and my personal favourite – grabbed your MP in Waitrose – in support of the campaign.

Three years ago the Government opposed any change to the law, and today they have announced they will do exactly that. This wouldn’t have been possible without your help.

You can read more about the good news in the Telegraph and on BBC online and in the Independent

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