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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 2013

In Oxfordshire, neglect is the most common reason for children becoming subject to a child protection plan (and to a repeat plan). It 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.

In 2015 Oxfordshire County Council ran a pilot to improve the way we work together to tackle the issue of neglect. Work from this pilot has been synthesised and evaluated to create a new neglect practitioner portal.

Neglect Practitioner Portal

Tip: You can drag and drop the logo above onto your desktop to create a desktop shortcut to the Neglect Practitioner Portal.

In this training video we explore understanding and working with neglect, with contributions from staff in Health, Social Care, Early Help and LCSS.

Quick Links

Quick links to key resources endorsed by the OSCB for use by practitioners in cases of neglect:

The OSCB has produced the following learning for practitioners

More useful Links and Publications on Neglect