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Child neglect

Neglect is the most common form of child abuse according to the Statistics on child neglect | NSPCC and:

  • leads to almost half of child protection plans
  • features in 75% of serious case reviews 

High-profile child deaths show that it is extremely difficult for professionals with safeguarding responsibilities to:

  • identify indicators of neglect
  • assess whether their observations are serious enough for them to act
  • decide on the most appropriate course of action. 

Outside the home, children spend most of their time in school. As part of multi-agency working, teachers and schools can do a lot to help identify neglect.

Neglect guidance for schools

These tools can help you to identify neglect:

Neglect toolkit [2.6 MB] [pdf]

Neglect matrix [870.2 KB] [pdf]

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