What is Neglect?
In terms of statutory responsibilities for safeguarding and child protection Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 defines neglect as:
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 or shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment); protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger; ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate caregivers); ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.’ (Glossary, p93)
Together with multi-agency partners the DSCB has developed a Neglect Strategy which establishes strategic aims, objectives and priorities for Doncaster’s approach to tackling neglect. The overarching aim of the strategy is to ensure the early recognition of neglect and improved responses to it by all agencies, so that life changes of children are promptly improved and the risk of harm is reduced.
You can download a copy of the strategy from the Downloads and Resources Section.
In addition to the strategy the DSCB and multi-agency partners have developed a tool to be used to help professions identify neglect and the appropriate support needed.
The Graded Care Profile has been used. The profile helps professionals measure the quality of care being given to a child and is an assessment tool to help spot anything that is putting children risk of harm.
You can download a copy of the tool from the Downloads and Resources Section.
- Neglect Strategy
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- Neglect Strategy Leaflet - 2016
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- Neglect toolkit V1 (2)
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- Neglect Poster
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- Doncaster Multi-agency Procedure Self-Neglect and Hoarding
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- Doncaster Multi-agency Policy Self-Neglect and Hoarding
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