Improving the identification of neglect and testing what works

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.

Can your area help us to test Graded Care Profile version 2?

We're looking for a number of partners to work with us to trial the Graded Care Profile version 2 and the implementation framework we have developed. They will be given the opportunity to become 'Early Adopter Sites' to help us consider the best way we can share what we've learnt and support others to use the Graded Care Profile version 2 in future.

Early adopter sites will benefit from:

  • a license to use the Graded Care Profile version 2 in the agreed geographical area
  • training for trainers to allow them to train staff locally
  • support and advice on the most effective way to implement this tool
  • access to report templates, guidance and tools to enable easier collation and analysis.

We are only able to work with a limited number of Early Adopter Sites so let us know if you're interested and we will send you more information about what is involved and how to apply. We will be accepting expressions of interest until Friday 3rd July 2015.

You can also sign up to be kept informed about the development of the Graded Care Profile version 2 which will include an alert when the national evaluation research is complete.


Developing the Graded Care Profile version 2

We want to make sure that this important assessment tool can be used easily and fairly by all practitioners. The Graded Care Profile version 2 has been designed with support from Dr Srivastava which has ensured that the original underlying theory and concepts have been kept intact. It also takes into account findings from our research and has been designed to be more user-friendly with guidance and templates to support practice.

Our evaluation includes testing the updated Graded Care Profile for reliability and validity, which is the fundamental test any assessment tool should be put through to ensure it works.

We have evaluated English national and Local Authority threshold documents to ensure that the  grades used are suitable for work in a range of areas.

Our research identified challenges with implementation and we sought to understand the challenges Local Authorities were facing. This led to the development of an implementation framework to support areas to embed the tool into practice more effectively.

There is no officially authorised training for the Graded Care Profile but we are in the process of developing a licensed training for trainer programme which will be tested with our Early Adopter Sites.

We hope to publish full findings from the national evaluation later in 2015.

For more information about the Graded Care Profile version 2 email us