In her speech to the nation yesterday, the Queen outlined details for extending the law on child neglect, which would include making emotional abuse a criminal offence.
Whilst we believe that child neglect does indeed include emotional abuse and does need to be taken seriously, we do not feel that criminalising the issue is the right way to tackle this problem, at this time. It would seem that the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and The College of Social Work also feel the same way, and we share many of their concerns.
If you’d like to read a well written summary on this latest development, do check out Community Care’s piece. We are adding some other interesting sources below, too: