The government is considering proposals for a new Cinderella Law where emotional cruelty to children will be considered a crime. Those found guilty will receive the same sentence as those who are guilty of physical neglect.
The announcement follows a campaign by the charity Action for Children and MPs from the three major parties. The new chief executive, Sir Tony Hawkhead, of Action for Children is calling the move a ‘monumental step forward’.
He said: ‘I’ve met children who have been scapegoated in their families, constantly humiliated and made to feel unloved. The impact is devastating and can lead to life-long mental health problems and, in some cases, suicide.’
‘We are one of the last countries in the western world to recognise all forms of child abuse as a crime. Years of campaigning have been rewarded, the government has listened and this law will change lives.’
The existing statutes governing the…
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