We’re looking for partners to trial the Graded Care Profile version 2 – Dawn Hodson explains more about the tool and what’s involved
Neglect is one of the most dangerous forms of abuse because of its harmful and sometimes fatal effects. So, it's essential that we support practitioners to feel confident in identifying it.
Physical acts of abuse usually leave some form of bruise or evidence but neglect can be much more difficult to uncover. There are no definitive criteria for when to intervene in child neglect and research shows that professionals struggle to identify it and respond robustly.
Helping professionals identify neglect
We've been working to improve identification of neglect by conducting a national evaluation of the Graded Care Profile, a tool designed to provide an objective measure of the care of children. Originally developed by Dr Srivastava, the Graded Care Profile has been used to aid in the assessment of neglect since 1997. It gives a snapshot of the quality of care delivered to a child, considering commitment and effort shown by the carer.
Our findings have informed the development of the first authorised update, the Graded Care Profile version 2, which we now want to test.