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Cinderella law

May 2014

Starving your children of love could face prosecution under new child neglect rules dubbed the ‘Cinderella law’.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, any parents or guardians whose children suffer from emotional cruelty could be charged with a crime, alongside physical or sexual abuse.

It is understood the changes will be introduced when HM the Queen gives her traditional speech to parliament early in June. The laws will be aimed at enforcing the protection of children’s emotional, social and behavioural well-being.

The Telegraph revealed that any parent or guardian who is found guilty under the Cinderella law could face up to ten years in prison, which is the maximum term in child neglect cases.

According to the report, ‘The change will update existing laws in England and Wales, which only allow an adult responsible for a child to be prosecuted if they have deliberately assaulted, abandoned or exposed a child to suffering or injury to their health.’

If a child is deemed to have suffered psychologically and emotionally by being starved of love, ignored, degraded or emotionally abused over a long period of time, this will be classed as neglect, something from which an estimated 1.5m children in the UK suffer.

A BBC report claimed the changes follow a campaign started in 2012 by charity Action for Children.




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