A report published by the charity, Action for Children, has claimed that the law on child neglect is outdated and confusing. The laws are now some 80 years old and are felt to be failing to protect children who are suffering neglect and emotional trauma. According to the report, they are in desperate need of updating.
The report calls for more guidance and support to be available for parents in order to help them understand the law. In a recent YouGov poll of 1,092 parents, 67% (or 731) parents felt that they did not understand fully the current law on parenting. The report goes on to advocate the use of support to vulnerable parents rather than using immediate punitive measures.
The Labour Party has announced it’s support for the Government to update the wording of the child neglect laws.