Parents Found Guilty of Neglect of Their Children

Publication Date01 Nov 1946
DOI10.1177/026455054600500606
SubjectArticles
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in August of this year, and there cannot be too many
PARENTS FOUND GUILTY OF
people engaged here on this most charitable and
necessary work.
NEGLECT OF THEIR CHILDREN
The policy of the Council, therefore, is to wo~rk with
MEMORANDUM prepared by the
other organisations, societies and social workers with the
National Association of Probation Officers
object of making the Council’s work complementary to
their
Diagnosis. As in all other methods of treatment, it is
own.
The question then arises
necessary to diagnose the individual case first.
as to how far the Catholic
Classification.
We
Marriage Advisory Council
suggest the following as a con-
can help probation officers
venient classification of the
and those similarly engaged.
types of parents found guilty
of
The Council is concerned,
neglect:
.
as the &dquo;objects&dquo; state, in
helping Roman Catholics in their marriage difficulties,
(i) Mentally retarded or subnormal;
and it is
(ii)
thought that where probation officers and
Lacking sense of responsibility, apathetic or
others
under financial stress;
come in contact with them, they may find it
of advantage
(iii)
to send them to the London Centre for
Showing viciousness.
advice.
Methods of Treatment.
Many parents charged with
In addiction, it has been found in practice that Catholics
neglect are subnormal and very poor, and these need
different treatment from
usually
the
react better to
intelligent, well-to-do, but
a Catholic atmosphere than to a
non-Catholic
culpably neglectful parent.
one, and anything that will help an appli-
We recommend the
cant to give
following methods of treatment:
you his or her confidence is obviously to be
(a) Probation. A
encouraged. At the London Centre the staff is entirely
period (usually two years) of proba-
tion for both
Catholic, and the specialist advisers
parents, under the supervision of two
are all of the same
Faith. Apart from this, it is
probation officers, with a Probation Order in...

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