Neglect is a serious form of harm. Both families and professionals can become overwhelmed and demoralised by issues of neglect. Children may experience repeated attempts by professionals to try and improve the situation.
Neglect is a factor in 60% of serious case reviews.
Published case reviews highlight that professionals face a big challenge in identifying and taking timely action on neglect.
The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals from all agencies must be able to:
- recognise physical and emotional neglect
- understand the impact of cumulative and long term effects of neglect
- take timely action to safeguard children.
Published: September 2015