Early day motion 2986

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CRIMINAL LAW ON CHILD NEGLECT

That this House welcomes Action for Children's campaign to change the criminal law on child neglect; notes that an estimated 1.5 million children are neglected in the UK; further notes that the legal definition of child neglect was enshrined in legislation in 1933 and has not been amended since; is concerned that the law does not sufficiently protect children from harm because it does not include all of the effects of neglect, particularly the emotional harm caused to children; recognises that the law does not help parents understand their responsibilities towards children or seek to prevent harm; is further concerned that current sentencing guidelines seek only to criminalise parents and do not allow for early intervention in the form of parenting educationand support; and calls on the Government to update the criminal law on neglect to ensure that the general public and parents in particular understand the basic needs of children.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 24.04.2012
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 25.04.2012
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 25.04.2012
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 30.04.2012
Cunningham, Alex Labour Party Stockton North 19.04.2012
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 19.04.2012
Field, Frank Labour Party Birkenhead 26.04.2012
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 24.04.2012
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 24.04.2012
Glass, Pat Labour Party North West Durham 19.04.2012
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 19.04.2012
Goggins, Paul Labour Party Wythenshawe and Sale East 24.04.2012
Hepburn, Stephen Labour Party Jarrow 25.04.2012
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 24.04.2012
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Kilburn 23.04.2012
Lavery, Ian Labour Party Wansbeck 25.04.2012
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 25.04.2012
Long, Naomi Alliance Party Belfast East 25.04.2012
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 24.04.2012
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 25.04.2012
Mearns, Ian Labour Party Gateshead 19.04.2012
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 19.04.2012
Pugh, John Liberal Democrats Southport 26.04.2012
Roy, Lindsay Labour Party Glenrothes 26.04.2012
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 24.04.2012
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 24.04.2012
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 25.04.2012
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 19.04.2012