A resent study, reported by Children & Young People Now , and conducted by Stirling University found that as many as 9 out of ten professionals regularly see signs of neglect in the children they work with but 40% of these professionals said they felt powerless to take action.

So what is neglect?

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs resulting in serious impairment of health and/or development. (HM Government, 2010)

Neglect refers to a combination of factors which may develop quickly or over a period of time.

A child may experience neglect due to the family being in poverty and the carer being unable to provide adequate care for the child. It may not always be immediately obvious as everyone has different standards of living. However, neglect may also be inflicted purposely and on only one child in a family.

Long term, sustained neglect is damaging emotionally, socially and educationally and is likely to cause far more developmental delays and medical impairments than any other form of abuse.

Training in Child Protection covers the definitions and indicators of neglect, as well as other forms of abuse, and importantly provides the information on what to do about concerns.  It is important that all agencies work together to identify and support children who are subject to neglect, to ensure the well-being of the child. For more information on child protection training click here.