Just when you weren’t expecting it, Victoria Derbyshire and Mike Cowan, the hard working reporter, have come up trumps. (No, not that Trump … the pack of cards kind!)
On Victoria’s eponymous daily TV news magazine on BBC2 this week (21st Nov 2016), they ran a great feature on Parental Alienation with interviews with families, experts and a discussion with an MP, a family lawyer, and the CEO of Cafcass. … Cafcass is the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (in England and Wales), providing the standard service for assessing and helping families who are going through the family courts.
There I was working away on a blogpost about how people struggle to get Parental Alienation properly featured in the mainstream media. I was linking to various good attempts, including how some have used the internet and social media to create ‘do-it-yourself’ shows that look like mainstream shows.
And now, given such a good job on the subject by the Beeb, I need hardly say any more at all!
For those in the UK, when the grandparent of mainstream media, the good old BBC, does the job, you just want to sit back and proudly glow at being British! If you’re not in the UK, you may not be able to access all the links below, but you’ll be able to view some of them.
As important as the Prime Minister
It’s brilliant that this is on a daily respected and popular programme. Parental Alienation is interleaved with news and interviews as if it has always been as important as the Prime Minister addressing the CBI, Andy Murray being ‘world No 1’, the next manager of the England football (aka soccer) team, and big stories on torture and tax credits.
Then you have the pleasure of watching the CEO of Cafcass – Cafcass not being the most famous service for understanding and tackling this problem – talking as if he knows all about Parental Alienation: “It’s like living in a cult … Better to intervene early than criminalise … There’s a case for getting together and recommend stronger guidance.” Yep. The power of having to answer questions in public. Ace. (And that could be both the Andy Murray kind of ace and the pack of cards kind!)
For those that aren’t so pleased with the show, there’s the Comment boxes below! Please use them. So now, er, what else do you need. … Oh yes! The links!
- Here is the selected Parental Alienation material put together on its own.
- This is the online news item in words.
- And (for a month only after the show) here is the whole 2 hour Victoria Derbyshire show of 21st Nov 2016 – including all the other stuff covered that day – plus the many messages from viewers and the discussion at the end. NB: If you want to skip to the PA bits they are: 0 > 50 secs; 10:55 > 12:10 mins; 15:15 > 33:55; 34:50 > 35:08; 1:18:15 > 1:28:55 hrs & 1:52:25 > 1:54:15