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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.


ESCB Policy


Neglect Practice Guidance


Pre-birth assessment multi-agency protocol


National Resources


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


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



Resources from ESCB Conference


Morning speakers


'The Child Protection Journey Essex' - Professor Ray Jones


Essex Police 'Neglect and the Law' - DCI Tracey Harman


Real life story summary of speech - Collette Elliott



Workshop resources


Child development and the impact of neglect


Impact of parental learning disabilities


Understanding the importance of parent’s history


Adolescent neglect