When two parents are at war (or in High Conflict…) the only safe ground for the children is often their school or children’s services. Likewise, for any alienated parent, the school and children’s services can offer a way to bridge the gap as they’re on the front line and can facilitate contact, keep the parent updated on news and events, and provide emotional and safeguarding support to the child.
That said, a number of our researchers have highlighted that a common thread in many of the Parental Alienation groups and emotional harm groups is that schools and local safeguarding boards are not recognising either Parental Alienation or emotional harm, and that large numbers of parents are concerned that these schools and local authorities are not trained to recognise what’s going on in front of them.
In 2016 Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives asked the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department issued guidance to schools on how to identify and manage incidences of parental alienation.
Edward Timpson Minister of State (Department for Education) responded to say: