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Charles Pragnell, Child Expert

SingleMum.com.au Expert Opinion Panel

Charles Pragnell, Advocate for Children and Families





Charles Pragnell is an independent Expert Defence Witness for Child Protection and has given evidence to courts in England, Scotland, and New Zealand. Since 1990 he has acted as an advocate/representative for children and families in child protection matters and other proceedings involving various state agencies. Since 1996 he has made special studies of issues involving Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Shaken Baby Syndrome

Charles has almost forty years of experience working directly with children and young people as a social worker and senior manager of social services. He has undertaken research for the National Children's Bureau and other educational, social and health services and appeared at national and international conferences presenting on children's issues (including child protection) and social policy, and lectured at English and Australian universities. Charles is regularly published in journals in the U.K., South Africa and online. He was a member of an international working party of social workers in child and family services which was set up by the Federation Internationale de Communite' Educative to produce an international Code of Ethical Conduct and Practice Principles for social workers worldwide

Articles for SingleMum.com.au by Charles Pragnell

Children are reliable and truthful in their evidence of being abused

Marriage - it makes no difference to children

Should I tell the court what he's really like?
Parental Alienation Syndrome...does it exist? When children reject a parent

An extensive index of the works of Charles Pragnell can be found on the NCCPS website here







What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the

kids

are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.

Centrelink

plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a

divorce

or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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