Family Law Meets Attachment Science: Making Better Decisions for Children.
World attachment science authority Allan Schore told delegates at MPG’s first major conference – held at Portcullis House in the Houses of Parliament on the afternoon of September 25 – that current arrangements imposed by family courts in relation to babies and toddlers could be seriously damaging to the children involved.
Slides from the conference are here.
Other speakers at the conference, which attracted as delegates 150 professionals involved in the family courts, were Sir Paul Coleridge, the former High Court Family Judge who now heads the Marriage Foundation, MPG director Penelope Leach, together with Tim Loughton, the MPG chairman, and Jessica Lee MP, a former PPS in the Ministry of Justice.
The conference was sponsored by newspaper/media group Trinity Mirror, and its group legal director, Paul Vickers, made a brief address.
Dr Schore’s – one of the world’s leading authorities on infant development - focused in his address on how the principles of attachment science must be used to improve family law in the UK, and thus become the bedrock of ensuring that children’s needs are better met.
He underlined that there are approaches to reparative, non-confrontational change and therapy that in the long term, save millions of pounds by avoiding the need for costly court action.
He said: “…recent developmental neuroscience on the right brain and attachment now suggests negative impact of shared-time parenting arrangement following separation and parental overnights in first (and second) year, when brain doubles in size. Family Law policy about infants needs to incorporate this recent knowledge.”
He concluded: “Investing in child development is the foundation for improved health, economic, and social outcomes. Not getting the early years ‘right’ is linked to violent behavior, depression, higher rates of noncommunicable disease, and lower wages, and it negatively affects a nation’s gross domestic product.”
He added that emphasis on child development “would put the focus where it belongs: on the end beneficiary, the child, and her or his potential for development.”
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