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2018 policy game-changers: Europe

December 21, 2018

2018 has been very fruitful for our European colleagues fighting to eradicate parental alienation. Two major achievements deserve special coverage.

 

1. In May, the largest Nordic children and father organizations sent an open letter to the Nordic Council of Ministers outlining why laws that enable parental alienation violate the rights of children. Read it here. 

 

2. Parental Alienation will be included in ICD 11. 

In 2019, World Health Organisation (WHO) is for the first time indexing Parental Alienation as a disease. This means that if you look up "parental alienation" within the new international classification of Diseases (ICD-11), you will be taken to "QE52.0 Caregiver-child relationship problem" with the description "Substantial and sustained dissatisfaction within a caregiver-child relationship associated with a significant disturbance in functioning."  ICD-11 will be presented for adoption by the Member States at the World Health Assembly in May 2019, to come into effect as early as January 1, 2022.  This early preview (search for 'parental alienation') will allow countries to plan how to use the new version, prepare translations, and train health professionals all over the world. 

 

What does this mean for us? This is a game-changer. In addition to putting a significant dent into the existing incentives for parental alienation, this advance is likely to change our collective understanding, statistics, and the legal landscape as they relate to public health, family violence, social heritage, and gender equality. 

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