Neglect - the role of schools


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Neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment in England (Department for Education, 2013). In England, almost half (43%) of child protection plans are made in response to neglect and it features in 60% of serious case reviews (Brandon et al., 2012).

Yet a number of high profile child deaths have shown that it is extremely difficult for professionals with safeguarding responsibilities to identify indicators of neglect, to assess whether what they have observed is serious enough for them to take action, and to decide on the most appropriate course of action. 

Outside the home, school is the environment where children spend most of their time. Teachers and schools can do much in synergy with others to promote the health and wellbeing of all children.

We have developed a number of tools to help practitioners and schools: