This month for our column over at Jordans Family Law, we’ve chosen to write about what appears to be a growing trend, both nationally and internationally: criminal sanctions for bad parenting. But will this new move to punish parents protect children in the long run, and help the newly established Family Court achieve its goals of being family friendly and child focused?

That’s what we discuss in our piece. From new laws in America which seek to charge women with assault for giving birth to children with health problems, to parents being jailed in the UK for their children’s truancy, we ask whether these measures really help to reduce crimes against the child or whether they are simply ineffective.

Please do have a read of the article and tell us what you think. You can post your thoughts here, or over at the highly informative Jordans website just under the article itself. 

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