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Child emotional neglect law an important step

CONSISTENT loving care is critical in building the human brain, so it certainly is time that our child-protection laws reflect the long-term mental and physical damage caused by the emotional neglect and abuse of children.

The announcement the government intends to make the emotional abuse of children a criminal offence is an important step.

There is a raft of evidence to show that when infants receive warm, responsive, consistent, attuned, loving care their brains develop well. They are then able to grow into adults with the capacity for empathy.

LYDIA KEYTE

Chair, What About The Children?

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