Neglect remains the most common form of child maltreatment in this country, and is the most common reason for a child being subject to child protection measures. Neglect is extremely damaging to children in the short and long term, affecting physical, cognitive and emotional development, behaviour and opportunities. Key to effective help for neglected children is that their plight is spotted early and that something is done to help them.
Resources from the ESCB Conference on Child Neglect are now available below, as well as important national guidance and other resources.
Spotlight on preventing child neglect: an overview of learning from NSPCC services and research
Summary of the risk factors and learning in serious case reviews for improved practice around neglect from the NSPCC Information Service