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
BSCB 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. Neglect has been a long standing priority in Blackpool. We worked with the NSPCC to introduce a bespoke suite of neglect evaluation tools that allow professionals throughout Blackpool to consistently identify and address neglect. Professionals are able to select the most appropriate tool to meet the needs of the child and family. The suite of tools includes a number of publicly available tools, for which links are provided below, and the Graded Care Profile 2, which is available to all practitioners who complete the training.
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.