Protecting Children from Neglect

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment) / failing to protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger / failing to ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate caregivers) and failing to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

Working with Neglect

CHSCP Neglect guidance for practitioners and managers supporting children, young people and families.

London CP Procedures

Neglect guidance for practitioners and managers issued by the London Safeguarding Children Partnership

Neglect Toolbox

A range of guidance and tools to help practitioners recognise, assess and respond to neglect.