WATCH: A panel of experts answers your Parental Alienation questions

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Parental alienation is the process through which a parent may cause a child to become estranged from another parent through psychological manipulation.

In 2019 this 'caregiver-child relationship problem' was officially recognised by The World Health Organisation, but it's been a violation of South African children’s rights since 2005.

Nonetheless, it is still relatively unknown, and often goes unnoticed or is misunderstood even by the psychologists and legal professionals involved in mediation and divorce processes.  

To shed light on the issue, Parent24 gathered a panel of five local professionals to discuss the intricacies of the issue of parental alienation in South Africa, from the legal side of the topic to the emotional impact on families.

Our panelists are:

Rushka Lee Pedro, Divorce Mediator and Johannesburg-based Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioner.  

Howard Wesley Watson, Pretoria-based Director and Attorney, and Co-Founder of the Parental Alienation Foundation of South Africa. 

Riani Ferreira, an Advocate specialising in Family Law in Pretoria. 

Ace Chiheya, Counselling Psychologist and Social Worker based in Sandton. 

Felicity Guest, a Cape Town-based Social Justice Activist and founder of Child Maintenance Difficulties South Africa. 

Watch the webinar above, and find out more about the topic here #NoOneWins: Everything you need to know about Parental Alienation

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