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 (Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018).
The Neglect Strategy for Oxfordshire 2020-2023 sets out the partnership response to identify and tackle neglect.
In Oxfordshire, neglect is the most common reason for children becoming subject to a child protection plan or repeat plan and is a common feature in the county’s recent serious case reviews. It is difficult to define and often coexists with other forms of abuse. Apart from being potentially fatal, neglect causes great distress to children and affects their well-being in the short and long term.
It can be difficult to both identify and work with neglect – These pages should help you to do both, enabling you to intervene early and support families to improve outcomes for children experiencing, or at risk of, neglect.
For more on why Oxfordshire is focusing on neglect see this document: Why neglect? Oxfordshire stats 2018
Neglect practitioner forums establish a network of front-line staff and managers who will act as champions of the work to tackle neglect, for further information on the forum in your locality follow the link above.