Category Archives: The System

Anything about how the law, the helping professions and services work together or not.

Briefly, what to do when Parental Alienation gets you

Welcome to the launch of the new Open Minds Foundation website! And, first of all, could you please check and advise on this new very brief guide there: WHAT TO DO ABOUT PARENTAL ALIENATION … as an excluded parent, as an alienated child, and as

Briefly, what to do when Parental Alienation gets you

Welcome to the launch of the new Open Minds Foundation website! And, first of all, could you please check and advise on this new very brief guide there: WHAT TO DO ABOUT PARENTAL ALIENATION … as an excluded parent, as an alienated child, and as

Dismissing alienation: The confessions of a maverick

Now all is revealed!  Through my TEDx talk for University of Edinburgh’s inspiring TEDx team and their ‘It starts with passion’ conference, here’s Nick Child in the flesh and talking about my life and career and major lessons and mistakes – all in

Dismissing alienation: The confessions of a maverick

Now all is revealed!  Through my TEDx talk for University of Edinburgh’s inspiring TEDx team and their ‘It starts with passion’ conference, here’s Nick Child in the flesh and talking about my life and career and major lessons and mistakes – all in

Lifting the lid off Lifton’s list matches harmful coercion in families and cults

Here we like teaming up coercive patterns in families (e.g. domestic abuse, parental alienation) with those outside families (e.g. cults, terrorism, scams). All of them are an alienation experience. Teaming up means we can campaign more powerfully. At first sight, Robert Lifton’s list

Lifting the lid off Lifton’s list matches harmful coercion in families and cults

Here we like teaming up coercive patterns in families (e.g. domestic abuse, parental alienation) with those outside families (e.g. cults, terrorism, scams). All of them are an alienation experience. Teaming up means we can campaign more powerfully. At first sight, Robert Lifton’s list

The BBC delivers: Parental Alienation on mainstream media

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

The BBC delivers: Parental Alienation on mainstream media

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

Prisons: where families, alienation and cults meet up

This is a blog-post of two halves. Guest blogger, David Shubert, joins up with yours truly, Nick Child. David’s ideas on prisons chimed in with mine on connecting up coercive patterns aka Undue Influence. But then I realised I’d have to

Prisons: where families, alienation and cults meet up

This is a blog-post of two halves. Guest blogger, David Shubert, joins up with yours truly, Nick Child. David’s ideas on prisons chimed in with mine on connecting up coercive patterns aka Undue Influence. But then I realised I’d have to

When someone you love is in a coercive situation

This is a re-blog with a particular purpose. When someone you love is in a coercive situation by Jon Atack and Rachel Bernstein is from the Open Minds Foundation blog. It’s a useful list of what works and what doesn’t. There’s

When someone you love is in a coercive situation

This is a re-blog with a particular purpose. When someone you love is in a coercive situation by Jon Atack and Rachel Bernstein is from the Open Minds Foundation blog. It’s a useful list of what works and what doesn’t. There’s

Let’s focus on behaviour more than on labels

Welcome to Dr Shelagh Wright as our guest blogger.  Shelagh is a family therapist and family mediator who is also trained in direct child consultation. A simple view is that separating parents put their children’s best interests first by collaborating. Where one or

Let’s focus on behaviour more than on labels

Welcome to Dr Shelagh Wright as our guest blogger.  Shelagh is a family therapist and family mediator who is also trained in direct child consultation. A simple view is that separating parents put their children’s best interests first by collaborating. Where one or

A closer look at Parental Alienation: on YouTube

Here’s a must watch video for you! It’s a great short educational YouTube video: Memories of a Monster: A closer look at Parental Alienation  The video (30 mins) is based on a Desperate Housewives storyline. It’s only semi-realistic … for example, it’s not usually a by-stander

A closer look at Parental Alienation: on YouTube

Here’s a must watch video for you! It’s a great short educational YouTube video: Memories of a Monster: A closer look at Parental Alienation  The video (30 mins) is based on a Desperate Housewives storyline. It’s only semi-realistic … for example, it’s not usually a by-stander

The Archers: An everyday story of coercive control and child alienation

Even outside the UK, you might have heard about the long-running much-loved BBC radio soap opera, The Archers, and its brilliant plot in recent years that has included two lots of coercive relationships. One of those coercive relationships – the domestic abuse – is in all

The Archers: An everyday story of coercive control and child alienation

Even outside the UK, you might have heard about the long-running much-loved BBC radio soap opera, The Archers, and its brilliant plot in recent years that has included two lots of coercive relationships. One of those coercive relationships – the domestic abuse – is in all

Gender and Alienation

Inspired by Jennifer Harman and Zeynep Biringen’s work in “Parents Acting Badly”, I have thoroughly refurbished my key overview: Off-putting relationships: the essentials of Child Alienation. The section I’m particularly pleased with is my attempt to climb the Mount Everest topic of gender

Gender and Alienation

Inspired by Jennifer Harman and Zeynep Biringen’s work in “Parents Acting Badly”, I have thoroughly refurbished my key overview: Off-putting relationships: the essentials of Child Alienation. The section I’m particularly pleased with is my attempt to climb the Mount Everest topic of gender

The Sarah Cecilie film

Now we can all watch the extended film of Sarah Cecilie’s story. This film fills out her story of being abducted by her father from Norway to roam around the USA. She was later reunited with her mother. Her mother and brother contribute

The Sarah Cecilie film

Now we can all watch the extended film of Sarah Cecilie’s story. This film fills out her story of being abducted by her father from Norway to roam around the USA. She was later reunited with her mother. Her mother and brother contribute

Society acting badly, not just the parents

A new must-read book is out. It’s a complete lucid delight in every way and on every page. Jennifer Harman and Zeynep Biringen, the book’s authors, are social psychologists in Colorado. There’s a quick way to get the most innovative bits right away – Jennifer’s TED talk (14 mins).

Society acting badly, not just the parents

A new must-read book is out. It’s a complete lucid delight in every way and on every page. Jennifer Harman and Zeynep Biringen, the book’s authors, are social psychologists in Colorado. There’s a quick way to get the most innovative bits right away – Jennifer’s TED talk (14 mins).