In this phenomenal discussion filmed at the Battle of Ideas, speakers provide a revealing and often shocking overview of the consequences of intervention in family life. From the 'Named person' act in Scotland to the criminalisation of alleged 'emotional abuse' of children, even raised voices or harsh looks can put parents in the dock. Does this create a situation where no one can exercise control over their own children? Are children being encouraged to interpret every criticism and hurtful remark made by their mum or dad as abusive?
Reader in law, Birbeck, University of London; assistant editor of Child and Family Law Quarterly
Convenor, IoI Parents Forum; contributor, Standing up to Supernanny; director of finance and central services, Cardinal Hume Centre
mother of four; campaigner, No2NP
Dr Stuart Waiton
Lecturer in sociology and criminology, Abertay University; author, Snobs' Law: criminalising football fans in an age of intolerance