Yesterday, in a Speech from the Throne, the Queen announced that the Government will take forward measures to tackle child neglect. Quite simply, this is a momentous achievement.
I am proud to have supported Action for Children’s campaign to update the Children and Young Persons Act 1933, alongside other Liberal Democrat colleagues including Mark Williams MP and Annette Brooke MP.
The criminal law should be able to protect children from all forms of abuse. For too long we have viewed non-physical harm of children as less serious than physical harm.
In the 81 years since this law was drafted, our understanding of the harm caused by emotional abuse has developed significantly. We know that emotional abuse can have devastating, life-long consequences for children leading to mental health problems and in the most severe cases it can lead to suicide later in life.
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