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In Oxfordshire, neglect is the most common reason for children becoming subject to a child protection plan. It is a common feature in the county’s recent serious case reviews. Recognising that neglect can be difficult to quantify,  work with and improve, Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board have created this Neglect Practitioner Portal to help you address this potentially fatal and developmentally disastrous form of abuse.

“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


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).

“I want to be told what’s happening in my life” – Child aged 16

The reasons why Oxfordshire is focussing on neglect are provided in this document Why neglect? Oxfordshire Statistics 2018

Guidance on Neglect

If you don’t know where to start, this guidance will:

  • Help you understand what Neglect means and the risks it poses to children
  • Support you through the Neglect Pathway
  • Help you understand the needs of Disabled Children

Tools and Interventions to support working with Neglect

Here you’ll find a range of tools that will help you to:

  • Identify neglect and assess the impact
  • Articulate risk, harm, safety and strengths
  • Capture the views and voice of the child
  • Develop plans to address identified concerns

Child Protection Core Group

This section outlines what happens in a Child Protection Core Group and what everyone’s roles and responsibilities are. It includes:

  • Terms of Reference for the group (group agreement)
  • Recording templates for Plan and Review meetings
  • Named Professionals in Adult Services who can advise on parent needs

Online Resources

This section links to key useful online resources and publications, along with brief descriptions and guidance on using them, including:

  • Research in Practice
  • Early Intervention Foundation

Working offline? You can download a version of the Neglect Toolkit to run on your desktop, but please be sure to come back regularly to check you have the most up-to-date version. Right-click on Oxfordshire Neglect Practitioner Portal Offline Version 2018 (.ppsx, 8MB) and save the file to your desktop or another folder.

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