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Cinderella Law included in Queen’s Speech

Action for Children welcomes announcement

The Queen's Speech setting out the government's legislative plans for the next session includes a serious crime bill. The Bill will introduce a so-called 'Cinderella Law' which will update the 1933 criminal offence of child cruelty to include emotional neglect and abuse as well as physical abuse.

Responding to the announcement in the Queen's Speech, Sir Tony Hawkhead, chief executive of Action for Children, said:

"Today marks a monumental and overdue step forward for children and our efforts to protect them from severe emotional abuse. Children who are made to feel worthless, powerless and unloved by their families will now have the law on their side.

"We are one of the last countries in the western world to recognise this form of child cruelty – the time for change is long overdue. Emotional abuse can create permanent scars, leading to mental health problems and, in extreme cases, to suicide. This legislation will change lives.

"We have established a cross-party implementation group of MPs, who, moving forward, will work with us and the Government to determine how the new law will be delivered in practice."