#changeneglectlaw and the queens speech

It is encouraging to see that the so-called ‘Cinderella law’ has made it into the queen’s speech. Hopefully this shows a move towards taking children’s emotional needs seriously. If neglect is described as “persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs” surely that would apply to a six-year-old raised in an institution without physical affection and parental nurture? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27693587

If (only) John Bowlby was alive…

“It’s like the Pope versus Jesus. Jesus had a good idea, but papal politics were not good ideas. I wish you could have met John Bowlby! He was an aristocrat, for goodness’ sake, born in Manchester Square [in central London], brought up by nannies.” Bowlby drew failures of attachment from examples in his own life, and categorically did not see poor attachment as a problem associated with poverty. “Of course, everything about attachment is very difficult because it’s so emotional. We’re talking about ourselves, we’re talking about ourselves as babies, we’re talking about ourselves as parents. It’s debased and stupefied, really, but that’s daily politics.” 

Fascinating quotation from Dr Sebastian Kraemer, who suggests that we rely on or misuse neuroscience  because “Somehow the emotional and cognitive effects of parenting aren’t interesting enough”.

In this interesting if potentially inflammatory article Zoe Williams explores the complexities of class, deprivation and neglect, suggesting that scrutiny of child treatment does not extend to the middle classes.

full article here:

focused on the wrong thing…

“There’s one secret to a child growing up successfully. That child has to be the apple of one person’s eye. Children need general care, but they need specific care from somebody who cares about them” . Psychotherapist and policy adviser Indra Adnan on a potentially upsetting development from Brent Council: providing 24-hour childcare. Rather than create living wages and stable work hours, do we really want to see small children staying away from home around the clock? Full article here