There was an interesting piece on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme this week on Parental Alienation which is probably a first for the BBC.
Anthony Douglas was asked a couple of years ago whether he would be interested in knowing why a child would say that they never wished to see a parent, usually the father, ever again. His answered was No.
CAFCASS perpetuates parental alienation by not understanding it, either deliberately or because CAFCASS staff are simply not intelligent enough. It was set up with the dross from the Probation Service after all.
There was blatant misrepresentation at the start of the piece when they said CAFCASS represent the wishes of children, This isn’t true.
The Forum has learnt that here in Bedford we have CAFCASS officer who knew a child wanted equal parenting with his father. The CAFCASS officer advised the court to reduce the child’s time with the father as this would make the child behave better at a school in Bedford. Probably in collusion with the school’s head who was helping to cover up the mother’s abuse of the child and the school’s own abuse of the child.
One week after the ruling the child was expelled and is now permanently excluded.
The outcome was the opposite of what was supposedly intended though we suspect this was the desired outcome. The court of course has no idea as to the final outcome because it is virtually alone in never analysing the effects of it’s interventions – no follow ups.