There are currently 3 guidance documents available (guidance documents are currently being revised and incorporated into one document. Updated versions will appear here shortly):
- Neglect Practice Guidance June 2017: This twelve-page document includes standard practice guidance alongside sections on disabled children, ‘one child singled out’ and neglect by secondary carers.
- Oxfordshire Neglect Pathway 2017: The Oxfordshire Neglect Pathway and Identification and Intervention Overview is a two-page document that provides an overview of available resources and support to identify and address neglect.
- Neglect – A guide for Practitioners in Oxfordshire 2019 This six-page document includes tips for assessment and chronologies, brief guides to home visits, direct work with children and one-to-one visit with parents, and a list of tools and interventions.
What Families Tell us they want
“I want to be told what’s happening in my life” – Child aged 16
“She was open with everything. She told me it straight. She was great with the boys and they had a great relationship; they felt they could talk to her” – Parent, about social worker supporting family to address neglect concerns
- Simple, jargon-free explanations, clarity and honesty
- To be listened to and for professionals to act on what’s important to the child
- Positives to be identified, shared and built on
- Practical help and advice
- For professionals to play with the children and spend 1:1 time with them
- To have family needs at the heart of our work
- For abrupt endings and new beginnings with workers to be minimised, as these make a difficult situation worse
Guidance for Older Children
Working with families where neglect of an older child is a concern presents specific challenges. Growing up neglected: a multi-agency response to older children examines the multi-agency response to older children who are living with neglect following 6 inspections of local authority areas.
If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child, please see Concerned About a Child