Several things need to be done:
1 Educate Judges
Judges persistently refuse to recognise PA. They don't believe that it is 'real', or believe that it is "American twaddle". There is certainly a need to educate experts and CAFCASS too, but unless and until the time that judges open their eyes and re-evaluate their world-view, we will get more results like this one, from our survey:
“Amazing report that was dead on accurate: took 19 hours of interviewing and 8 psychometric tests of both parents, child and grandparents on each side. Diagnosis V995.51 (child abuse) and v61.29. Alienator showed in test to get MAXIMUM score on narcissism test. 220 page report from the psychiatrist and....Judge said PA was an American thing and the report was waffle!”
2 Educate CAFCASS
Like judges, it’s not that they don’t get it. It’s not that they can’t get it. It’s that they WON’T get it. They REFUSE to get it, because it shakes their world view. THEY ARE AFRAID. But...
As far as the law is concerned, UKAP proposes two main solutions to the problems of dealing with PA cases:
UKAP's view is that most of the injustices experienced every day in courts throughout England and Wales can be remedied simply by using the law as it stands today. The law is not perfect, but the problems lie mostly with implementation of the law, rather than the law itself.
The main problem is with ineffectual/unenlightened judges.
Because we can use existing law to remedy most of the problems, the solutions ought to be quick and cheap and, in UKAP's view, can actually save money. These are necessary changes that will help TPs and children to re-establish the relationship that has been wrecked by the current ‘system’.
In a perfect world, there would be reforms to the existing law. These changes would take time, and, in some cases would involve a cost. Nevertheless, these changes are desirable if we are to tackle PA seriously, in the medium term.