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‘Rape clause’ in family welfare cap harms mothers and children

As psychologists, we work with women who are survivors of rape. We see the devastation to mental health that this crime causes – and as a result we are deeply concerned at the introduction this week of a “rape clause” to the family welfare cap (Government under fire over new child tax credit form for rape victims, 6 April).

We strongly believe that the way in which this rape clause is to be administered will cause significant psychological harm. Given that a major reason that survivors of rape do not come forward is a legitimate fear of not being believed, it is unhelpful that the new process will ask women to provide evidence to support their claim.

It forces women to disclose details of their history to professionals for administrative reasons. This may cause flashbacks, renewed shame and emotional turmoil, and consequently affect how mothers bond with their children.

In addition, we also work with children and adults who have been born of rape. Finding this out and managing the identity crisis it can cause carries significant psychological risks.

By asking for children born in this way to be named, the policy takes any control over disclosure away from parents and denies children the right to privacy. Most mothers who have children as a result of a rape manage, admirably, to have a bond equal to that with children conceived by choice. To force mothers to remember the circumstances of conception for administrative reasons is unethical and potentially damaging to both mother and child.

Dr Danny Taggart Clinical psychologist, University of Essex

Dr Jay Watts Clinical psychologist, Queen Mary, University of London

Scott Bartle Trainee clinical psychologist, University of East London

Dr Andrew Beck Consultant clinical psychologist, ELCAS

Dr Gabriel Bes Counselling psychologist, Brighton

Dr Caroline Bradley Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust

Dr Sarah Blainey Clinical psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

Dr Naomi Bright Clinical psychologist, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Rhona Brown Clinical psychologist, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Angela Byrne Clinical psychologist, East London NHS Trust

Dr John Cheetham Clinical psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

Dr Samantha Cole Kent and Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Louise Conlan Clinical psychologist, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Harriet Conniff Clinical psychologist, Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Kate Danvers Chartered clinical psychologist, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

Dr Hannah Darrell-Berry Clinical psychologist, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Sarah Davidson Clinical psychologist, Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Lynda Durell . Cwm Taf health board

Dr Anna Duxbury Clinical psychologist, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Romana Farooq Clinical psychologist, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Gabrielle Farran Clinical psychologist, NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Dr Andrea Flood Clinical teacher, DClin programme, University of Liverpool

Gemma Forshaw Trainee clinical psychologist

Dr Danielle Gaynor Clinical psychologist, NHS

Shannon Gorman Student, Leeds Beckett University

Dr Sophie Gosling Clinical psychologist, Recolo Uk

Dr Sharen Hayre Clinical psychologist, Barts Health

Emma Hickey Consultant clinical psychologist, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Hayley Higson Clinical psychologist

Dr Lisa Ingleby Clinical psychologist, Worcestershire Health and Care Trust

Dr Charlotte Ingham Clinical psychologist, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Hannah Istead Clinical psychologist, 2gether NHS Trust

Dr Lucy Johnstone Clinical psychologist, Bristol

Sophie Jones Trainee clinical psychologist, University of East London

Dr Joe Judge Glasgow

Dr Sarah Kildea Clinical psychologist, Central and North-west London NHS Foundation Trust

Peter Kinderman Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool and president, British Psychological Society

Julie Lloyd Clinical psychologist, NHS

Dr Fiona MacLeod Clinical psychologist and cognitive behavioural therapist, Brighton and Hove Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Professor Martin Milton Professor of counselling psychology, Regents University London and consultant counselling psychologist

Valeska Matziol Equalities research coordinator, LGBT Foundation, and Manchester Rape Crisis volunteer

Dr Steven Mayers Clinical psychologist, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Emma McGibbon Clinical psychologist, Great Ormond St Hospital NHS Trust

Rosie McLoughlin Trainee clinical psychologist, NHS Fife/University of Edinburgh

Annie Mitchell Clinical psychologist, Newton Abbot NHS

Dr Lucy Morris Clinical psychologist, Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Aayesha Mulla Clinical psychologist, Central and North-west London NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Lucie Nalletamby Clinical psychologist, Central and North-west London NHS Foundation Trust

Dr David O’Halloran Senior clinical psychologist, South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Dr Donna Oxley Clinical psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

Dr Gillian Proctor Clinical psychologist and lecturer, University of Leeds

James Randall-James Trainee clinical psychologist, University of Hertfordshire

Dr Melanie Rendall Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust

Dr Lana Renny Clinical psychologist NHS

Dr Christina Richards Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Aaron Roberts Clinical psychologist, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Bethan Roberts Clinical psychologist, North West Boroughs NHS Trust

Helena Rose Clinical psychologist, North West Boroughs NHS Trust

Dr Khadj Rouf Consultant clinical psychologist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Glorianne Said Trainee clinical psychologist, UCL

Dr Catherine Sholl West London Mental Health Trust

Tim Siggs Clinical psychologist, Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Dr Sarah Simmonds Clinical psychologist Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Jane Street Consultant clinical psychologist. South West London and St Georges NHS Mental Health Trust

Dr Simon Stuart Clinical psychologist, NHS Lanarkshire, Scotland

Dr Nikki Swan Clinical psychologist, Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Dr Pippa Sweeney Clinical psychologist, Camden and Islington Foundation Trust

Dr Victoria Tew Clinical psychologist, Sheffield

Dr Ross Turner Glasgow

Dr Shreena Unadkat Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust

Dr Jane Vinnicombe Clinical psychologist, Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust

Genevieve Wallace Trainee clinical psychologist, University of East London

Dr Jo Walkley Clinical psychologist, Dorset Healthcare Trust

Dr Damian Wilde Clinical psychologist, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Sarah Wolfe Clinical psychologist in training, University of Liverpool

Dr Jo Walkley Clinical psychologist, Dorset Healthcare Trust

Dr Damian Wilde Clinical psychologist, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Sarah Wolfe Clinical psychologist in training, University of Liverpool

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