Parental Alienation Syndrome

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what figures they hold regarding the prevalence of parental alienation syndrome.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Government do not hold figures for the prevalence of parental alienation syndrome. We do however recognise the potential for lasting emotional harm if one parent turns their child against the other parent. The Government's response to the family justice review sets out a range of reforms to the private law system that should help to limit the consequences arising from disputes between separated parents. Support to help parents focus on the needs of their children and resolve their own disputes will be backed by a legislative statement reinforcing the principle that most children benefit from a continuing relationship with both parents. We will also look carefully at how the enforcement of court orders can be swifter and more effective.

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