A so-called “Cinderella law” making it illegal to emotionally abuse children has been promised by the government in the Queen’s speech.
Stronger laws to protect vulnerable children, which will include new female genital mutilation offences, will fall under a new Serious Crime Bill.
The bill will extend the definition of child cruelty to ensure it covers extreme cases of psychological harm.
It follows a campaign for the new offence by children’s charities.
Parents in England and Wales who emotionally neglect their children could, for the first time, be prosecuted.
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