Setfords Solicitors’ Head of Family, Joanna Abrahams, who has spent much of the past year campaigning to raise awareness around parental alienation – the deliberate manipulation of a child by one parent against the other parent – has been mentioned in a debate in the House of Commons.
Simon Danczuk, MP for Rochdale, raised the issue on Wednesday and encouraged the Government to consider Mrs Abrahams’ concerns regarding legal aid cuts.
As reported in Hansard, a record of what is said in Parliament, Mr Danczuk said: “Investment in early prevention efforts must be prioritised, and better guidance must be given to courts, social workers and all those who have children under their duty of care. The Government have already funded a CAFCASS pilot scheme to provide therapeutic programs relating to parental alienation. I am keen to hear from the Minister how that pilot went and whether the Government plan to continue and expand the programme. I urge the Government to take on board the concerns of Joanna Abrahams, the head of family law at Setfords Solicitors, who has expressed concerns that cuts to legal aid will prevent parents from accessing justice on this issue.”
After the debate Joanna Abrahams said: “I am very encouraged that parental alienation is now receiving the attention it deserves.”