What is neglect?
Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child's basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child's health or development. Neglect may occur at any time during a child’s life from pregnancy and beyond.
After a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to;
- provide adequate food, clothing and a home
- protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger
- ensure adequate supervision
- ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment
Working Together 2018 states it may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to a child's basic emotional needs.
For further guidance see the Neglect 7 Minute Guide
Cheshire East Neglect Strategy
Apart from being potentially fatal, neglect causes great distress to children and leads to poor outcomes in the short and long-term. Possible consequences include an array of health and mental health problems, difficulties in forming attachment and relationships, lower educational achievements, an increased risk of substance misuse, higher risk of experiencing abuse as well as difficulties in assuming parenting responsibilities later on in life. The degree to which children are affected during their childhood and later in adulthood depends on the type, severity and frequency of the maltreatment and on what support mechanisms and coping strategies were available to the child.
Cheshire East LSCB have developed a number of documents and tools into a neglect toolkit.
View and download our Neglect 2017 campaign resources
Read the Cheshire East Neglect Strategy 2017-19 (PDF, 2MB).
The purpose of this document is to set out the strategic objectives to tackling neglect across Cheshire East. This strategy identifies key principles under which work around neglect should be undertaken and identifies key priority areas of work in order to improve the multi-agency response to neglect. This strategy has been developed in conjunction with multi-agency partners through a task to finish group under the Safeguarding Children Board. This strategy should be considered alongside other key strategies, policies and procedures, such as Cheshire East Early Help Strategy and the Levels of Need framework.
The Pan Cheshire Procedures details how to deal with this and is where the most up to date documents are held.