Neglect Research and resources

Below is a selection of our child protection research, leaflets, guidance, evaluations and safeguarding resources on neglect.

How safe are our children? 2017

Our report compiles and analyses the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across the 4 nations in the UK in 2017.

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How safe are our children? 2015

Our report compiles and analyses the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across the 4 nations in the UK for 2015.

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Home alone guide

Advice to help parents decide when it is safe to leave their children home alone and how to choose a babysitter or childminder.

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Emotional neglect and emotional abuse in pre-school children: Core info leaflet

Leaflet summarising what we currently know about children under 6 who have been emotionally neglected or abused. Part of the Core info leaflet series.

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Looking after infant mental health: our case for change

Our cases for change in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland emphasising the importance of looking after infant mental health.

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Keeping children safe: allegations concerning the abuse or neglect of children in care

Research into the number and nature of child abuse allegations made against foster carers and residential care workers in the UK.

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The economic cost of child maltreatment in the UK

The lifetime economic cost of child abuse and neglect.

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Neglect and its relationship to other forms of harm

Findings from 3 linked evidence scopes investigating the relationship between child neglect and other forms of maltreatment. Makes evidence-based recommendations for policy and practice.

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Neglect or emotional abuse in children aged 5-14: Core info leaflet

A leaflet summarising how neglect and emotional abuse affects children aged 5 to 14. Part of the Core info leaflet series.

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Find practice resources on neglect in our library

Our library is the UK's largest collection of child protection publications. Browse a list of practice resources and reports to help professionals tackle child neglect. 

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Find research on neglect in our library

Browse reseach articles, reports and publications on child neglect in the UK's only library dedicated to child protection.

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Legislation, policy and guidance

Details of legislation, policy and guidance about child neglect in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Facts and statistics about neglect

Child neglect is the most common form of child abuse, but it isn't always easy to identify.

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