What is neglect?
Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child's basic needs. A child may be left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care. A child may be put in danger or not protected from physical or emotional harm. They may not get the love, care and attention they need from their parents. A child who's neglected will often suffer from other abuse as well. Neglect is dangerous and can cause serious, long-term damage - even death.
What we are doing
The multi-agency partnership in Blackpool agreed a three year neglect strategy in September 2019. This includes objectives to improve the identification of and response to neglect, together with multi-agency information sharing and work to address neglect. The strategy emphasises the need for early identification and intervention to address neglect, to reduce the harm that children experience and to prevent the need for more invasive interventions at a later date. To support practitioners to identify neglect at the earliest possible opportunity, the partnership has made neglect screening tools for unborn babies and all babies and children available. If the screening tool does identify indicators of neglect the more in depth Graded Care Profile 2, should then be completed – this is available to practitioners who have completed the training.
In addition to the Neglect Screening and Graded Care Profile 2 assessment tools, the partnership in Blackpool worked with the NSPCC to make a suite of assessment tools for children and families with specific needs available. Links to these tools are included at the bottom of this page.
Working with children and families where there are concerns about neglect
Working Well with Children and Families in Lancashire provides information about how to work with children and families where neglect is known or suspected, including indicators of neglect for each of the levels of need and how to request support.
We have a range of neglect training available for professionals who work with children, including training on use of the bespoke tool.
Please visit our training section for more details and to book now.