Parental Alienation by Social Services
Where there are particular concerns over a child’s welfare, Social Services may be tasked with trying to help the family.
In 2014, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) established by the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, reported the child protection services as being, ‘in crisis and not fit for purpose’. They observed that, ‘children and young people are being spectacularly failed’, and highlighted, ‘a lack of confidence, skills, training and support of social workers’.
A social worker’s opinions may also be coloured by their cultural and religious background, however, their first impression of a situation is often prejudiced by the Cafcass officers’ report.
As with Cafcass, they will subject children to dubious tests and questioning. The required invasiveness is likely to promote Alienation by suggesting to a child that something is wrong and that they are unsafe with their parent/s.
Having no power to control an alienating parent, social workers may downplay destructive behaviour and address both parents as if equally to blame, in the hope of encouraging a positive outcome. This subtlety inevitably fails due to the alienating parent’s single-mindedness and counter-incentives, but the subsequent written report – which may be used in court – will invariably describe that both parents failed to work together, and erroneously imply that both are at fault.