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).
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
Guidance: A starting point to help you understand what neglect means and the risks it poses to children, and to support you through the neglect pathway.
Tools: A range of tools to help you identify neglect, assess the impact, articulate risk, harm, safety and strengths, capture the views and voice of the child and develop plans to address identified concerns. This page also includes links, useful online resources and publications.