The new offence would make it a crime to do anything that deliberately harmed a child’s “physical intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development”.
This could include deliberately ignoring a child, or not showing them any love, over prolonged periods, damaging a child’s emotional development.
Harming their social development? Not taking them to Chuck E Cheese for their birthday party? Not buying the “right” trainers for them?
What the fuck has got into people here?
You can prosecute anyone under this. Sending them off to boarding school at 7? Harms their emotional development you know. Not letting them attend the prom? Harms their social development. “Not showing them any love”. What if you don’t in fact love the child? During a bitter divorce if one side doesn’t let the other actually see the kiddie can the unseen one then be prosecuted?
And what the hell’s going to happen to all those social workers who simply manage but not love the children in their care?
This is insane.