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.
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The ex-footballer, who lives in Flintshire, said he thought he was clever sheltering his car from the snow.
Police say the body of a Cardiff man who went missing in February 2015 has been found in Forest Fawr, Castle Coch.
Well that seems to be it in terms of significant snow for the time being, but it's time now for the big freeze.