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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