Charles Pragnell, Advocate for Children and Families – Melbourne, Victoria


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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 Communaute’ 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


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