Neglect is the constant failing to meet a child or young person’s basic needs resulting in serious effects on their health and development. Neglect can also occurring pregnancy through maternal substance abuse, for example.
Neglect is a common factor for a child to be on a child protection plan or on a child protection register. Sometimes the parent or carer will not meet a child’s basic needs because they may not have the support requires or the result of other problems such as domestic abuse, mental health issues, substance misuse or poverty.
When a child is born, the parent may fail to provide sufficient food, clothing and shelter, protect them from physical and emotional harm or danger, make sure there is appropriate supervision such has people looking after the child in the parent/carer’s absence and ensure the child receives and has access to the right medical treatment and care. Further it may involve a lack of response to a child’s emotional needs.
Recognising the signs of neglect:
Please download a handout on 'What does child neglect look like?' - Download
The child neglect toolkit has been develop all practitioners to analyse and assess situations of possible neglect. Details can be found here.
Read more here:
Nottingham LSCB Was Not Brought
Dorset Police - a real story about neglect
Triborough LSCB Michelle's Story re neglect.
Working to combat neglect
As LSCBs we have put together a neglect toolkit, and working from our local findings from our audit work, a huddle of tools and resources for practitioners:
Research in Practice has published guidance on the links between neglect and sexual harm here:
Neglect Mapping resource on interventions for children aged 7-15 years:
Graded Care Profile (and other resources)
NICE Guidance: www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-scwave0708
C4EO identifies interventions in complex cases.
Resources for schools:
Coventry has a useful table here of social work methods and their usefulness.