Professional responses to ‘parental alienation’: research-informed practice

  title={Professional responses to ‘parental alienation’: research-informed practice},
  author={Julie Doughty and Nina Maxwell and Tom Slater},
  journal={Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law},
  pages={68 - 79}
ABSTRACT Parental alienation was historically a term rejected by courts in England and Wales, but lawyers and social workers have noted an increase in the incidence of its use, possibly driven by campaign groups and media narratives. The two statutory services that provide independent social work advice to courts in England and Wales, respectively, on children’s best interests in parenting disputes, have taken different approaches to developing practice guidance in response to concerns about… 

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    Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
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