This year the LSCB Annual Conference took place on Thursday 1st October 2015 at Cole Court in Twickenham focusing on the theme of neglect. A number of Child Protection Conference cases are categorised under neglect within the boroughs of Kingston and Richmond. Neglect can be an abuse which is hard to identify, because it occurs over time without a one serious incident but where there is a pattern of concern about the care of child or young person.
The aim of the conference was to help practitioners that have safeguarding responsibilities for children and young people across the local safeguarding communities to both understand national and local research evidence about the factors that underline significant risk such as neglect. More importantly, it provided practitioners with an opportunity to learn, participate, access resources and network with other partners and the safeguarding community and fundamentally improve practice.
Please see below workshops and presentions from the conference:
Dogs, Guns and Neglect: Family E Learning from a Case Study
This workshop provided learning from a case review (Family E) regarding neglect. It will focus on issues of guns, dogs, gangs and adult and child mental health in a large family. Furthermore it considered the links between animal abuse, adult abuse, child abuse, neglect and preventive work via the Common Assessment Framework (CAF).
Managing Neglect: Local Challenges – Learning from case reviews
This workshop explored national learning from serious case reviews where neglect has been a major feature. Individual cases highlighted the challenges for practitioners in working with neglect. Within the workshop there was opportunity to have group discussion and highlight local strengths and challenges to best practice.
Launch of the Neglect Toolkit – How to use it?
The Child Neglect toolkit is designed to assist you in identifying and assessing children who are at risk of neglect. It is to be used when you are concerned that the quality of care of a child you are working with suggests that their needs are being neglected. It will help you to reflect on the child’s circumstances and will help you put your concerns into context and identify strengths and resources.Andrea Knock, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children in Kingston demonstrated how the toolkit can be used.
Substance Misuse and Neglect
In families where substance misuse is present, behaviour is frequently unpredictable and communication is unclear. Family life is chaotic, behaviour can range from loving to withdrawn to crazy. Structure and rules may be either nonexistent or inconsistent. Children, who may not understand that their parent’s behaviour and mood is determined by the amount of alcohol or other drugs in their bloodstream, can feel confused and insecure. They love their parents and worry about them, and yet feel angry and hurt that their parents do not love them enough to stop using. This workshop considered the impact of substance misuse on an adult’s functioning and their parenting capacity.
Domestic Violence and Neglect
This workshop briefly looked at prevalence of both domestic abuse and child neglect and addressed the intersections between both. It also looked at what we can do locally and develop suggestions to be fed back to the main conference.