A new study by The University of East Anglia has analysed serious case reviews carried out in England to look for underlying factors. The study found that, where the child had been known to be at risk, neglect was a factor in 58% of cases. This study shows, that in England, where a child died or was seriously injured a previous history of neglect was a greater common factor than a history of physical or sexual abuse. This highlights that child neglect needs to be taken as serious as any other type of abuse.
The NSPCC is calling for better training and for public health campaigns to help professionals and the public to recognise neglect, as well as “targeted support” for vulnerable and troubled families.
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