Kevin presented his experience as a Guardian, noting the stark contrast between children who have been actually abused by a parent who still have an attachment to them and want some kind of contact to be enabled, and those alienated children who are vehemently hateful and anti-contact with a parent who has not abused them at all. He highlighted how the present systems for assessment of children and families are constrained, poorly trained, and limited. Click below to open his presentation up. It may take a few moments to download. When you’ve finished, close your browser’s window to return to this page to continue reading).
Kevin Amey has been a social worker for 30 years, working in mental health, child protection and child care. He has a particular interest in sexual abuse and domestic abuse, working with abusers, their partners, victims and families. He worked for 10 years as an independent social work consultant. For the last four years Kevin has worked with Cafcass where he came across ‘parental alienation’, noticing that the children and parents involved behaved and reacted differently to other families he had met professionally. In this time Kevin has worked with approximately 20 families where there have been features of Parental Alienation.