Child Neglect

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.

Resources - national

Thinking About Adolescent Neglect - a review of research and professionals briefing

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

The Child as Object of Neglect article from Reconstruct

Hurting inside: learning from the NSPCC helpline and ChildLine on neglect

Practice resources for working with families with alcohol or substance misuse issues and resources to help children understand these issues

News: Tackling neglect is 'everyone's responsibility': how services can safeguard children: Guardian Social Care article