Awareness of child neglect and its consequences on the future wellbeing and development of children has increased during the last two decades. It is notoriously difficult to evidence and research shows that it often co-exists with other forms of abuse and adversity. It is also the most common reason for child protection plans in the UK.

Neglect is the highest category for children and young people in Reading on a Child Protection Plan and has been for some time. It has been routinely above 50% for the last three years, which is significantly above the national figure of 43%.

In response, Reading LSCB have made Neglect one of it's key priorities and produced the Neglect Strategy and Action Plan (attached on the right).

We have produced a guide to help professionals identify and respond to neglect in families (thanks to Bracknell and Southampton LSCBs for their help).  This guide can be found on the right of this page.  To support the guide, we have produced a presentation that can be used in team meetings to help facilitation, understanding and discussion around neglect.

We have also produced chronology guidance.  A chronology is a tool that practitioners from a range of disciplines can use to help them understand what is happening in the life of a child, adult or family. Simplistically it is a list, in date order of all the major changes and significant events in a child’s, adult’s or family’s life. It provides a brief and summarised account of events, action taken and outcome to give an immediate overview.

Graded Care Profile 2

Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) helps professionals measure the quality of care being given to a child. It's an assessment tool that helps them to spot anything that's putting that child at risk of harm.  If you have received the training, this is an excellent tool for use with families where you are concerned about neglect.  Further information can be found on the Graded Care profile page.

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