Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child's basic needs and the most common form of child abuse. A child might be left hungry or dirty, or without proper clothing, shelter, supervision or health care. This can put children and young people in danger. And it can also have long term effects on their physical and mental wellbeing.
Types of Neglect
Neglect can be a lot of different things, which can make it hard to spot. But broadly speaking, there are 4 types of neglect:
Signs of Neglect
Neglect can be really difficult to spot. Having one of the signs doesn't necessarily mean a child is being neglected. But if you notice multiple signs that last for a while, they might show there's a serious problem. Children and young people who are neglected might have:
Prevention, early recognition and management of neglect is a priority in Dudley and DSPP has developed the Neglect Strategy with support from Public Health and in partnership with the Children and Young peoples Alliance Board and DSPP multi-agency partners. The Neglect Strategy was last updated in 2019 and will be updated shortly through the Neglect sub group.
Graded Care Profile2 (GCP2)
Graded Care Profile2 is an evidenced based tool developed by the NSPCC to confidently and accurately identify neglect.
It should be used where neglect is suspected or known, and is a tool that can inform your overall assessment (e.g. Child & Family Assessment, Early Help Assessment or any specialist Health Assessment).