Parents who do not give their children enough love and affection may spend time in jail.
Under the UK's new â€śCinderella Law," child neglect now includes â€śemotional cruelty.â€ť
According to The Telegraph, the UK Government will announce the law change in early June.
The change will update current laws that criminalize assault, abandonment or exposing a child to suffering or injury.
Now, parents could go to jail for up to 10 years if they deliberately harmed a childâ€™s â€śphysical intellectual, emotional, social or behavioral development."
The Telegraph reports this would include ignoring, not showing love and damaging emotional development.
The law change also criminalizes making a child witness violence in the home, forcing a kid to be a scape goat and degrading punishments.
The new law is coming into effect because 1.5â€‰ million British children reportedly suffer from some sort of neglect. Police hope the change will allow them to intervene earlier before a child is physically or sexually abused.
â€śOur criminal law has never reflected the full range of emotional suffering experienced by children who are abused by their parents or carers,"
Robert Buckland, a Conservative MP and a supporter of the law, told The Telegraph.
"The sad truth is that, until now, the Wicked Stepmother would have got away scot-free,â€ť added Buckland.
According to News.com.au, the effort to criminalize emotional abuse began in 2012 by Action for Children, a UK charity.
A spokesman for Action for Children says the changes are â€śmonumental stepâ€ť in protecting children.