Matt Downie, from the charity Action for Children, says it's important to dispel fears that parents or guardians could be criminalised for occasional less-than-perfect parenting.
"Scapegoating, humiliation, consistent rejection, children being forced to witness domestic violence... these things are not just bad parenting. They're cruelty," he told ITV News.
It comes as calls are made for the emotional neglect of children to be made a criminal offence.
More top news
Generally cloudy with fairly persistent rain through this evening, but the cloud and rain will break up overnight with drier conditions.
Wales fans are continuing to celebrate yesterday's historic Euro 2016 win over Northern Ireland, which sees them make the quarter finals.
A lot has happened in the days since the Brexit result. We've been asking people how they're feeling about the fallout of the referendum.