Parental Alienation – review of research and case law.
Cafcass Cymru (the Welsh arm of Cafcass) has commissioned and published a study into parental alienation, written by a team in Cascade, the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre at Cardiff University (Dry Julie Doughty at the School of Law and Politics and Dry Nina Maxwell and Dry Tom Slater at the School of Social Sciences).
Although the term ‘parental alienation’ is widely used, the review found little empirical evidence of the prevalence of alienation, its effects, or the basis of any interventions. The report concludes that the evidence base for parental alienation is very limited because of a lack of strong empirical studies. Although instances of a child rejecting contact with a parent with whom they previously had a positive relationship appear, on the basis of the research, to be rare, there is a great deal of interest in the concept of parental alienation and how the family justice system might address the issue. The report lists some key implications for practice in the family courts.
For a copy of the review, see https://gov.wales/docs/cafcass/publications/04052018AReviewofResearchandCaseLawonParentalAlienation.pdf