Cumria LSCB Newsletter - Child Neglect

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Child Neglect


The Cumbria Neglect Strategy has been developed to set out the strategic aims and objectives of Cumbria's approach to tackling neglect.  It identifies the key principles underpinning work with neglect and priority actions to improve the way we work.

The LSCB wants to ensure that we are able to identify children and young people, whose needs may be neglected by their care givers, at the earliest point so that appropriate services can be provided to address this and prevent the need for statutory intervention.

Our Vision

There are varying experiences of neglect but long term exposure to neglect or serious neglect have long lasting effect on children.  Therefore, we need to have a proportionate response dependant on the seriousness.  Our vision for Cumbria is that fewer children will experience neglectful care and will be raised in a loving family environment.

Neglect: Interventions that work

In the Childs time: Professional Response to Neglect’ Ofsted Thematic Audit (2014) reported that the pervasive and long term cumulative impact of neglect on the wellbeing of all children of all ages was well documented. Evidence from inspections and research of what works included:

  • Early recognition including supporting the development of protective factors
  • Good quality assessments including the use of standardised approaches (such as the Graded Care Profile) and comprehensive frameworks to assess risk in neglect cases and to monitor change over time

With that in mind, it has been agreed that the Graded Care Profile Tool must be used for all children on CP Plans for neglect.

The LSCB are holding a series of training courses around the County to ensure that practitioners are confident to apply the tool.

Course details

Delivered by Barnardo's this course is directed at practitioners and managers who work with children and families that experience neglect.  By the end of the course participants will;

  • Be able to understand the challenges of identifying neglect in practice settings with children and young people and considering their 'lived lives'
  • Understand the use of and practical application of the Graded Care Profile when working alongside families to assess and effect change when neglect is an issue
  • Recognising disguised compliance and how to respond to it, when using the Graded Care Profile to work with families where neglect is a feature

Book onto the training here

We know that we need to achieve a greater sense of shared responsibility for tackling neglect.

Identifying neglect earlier within families and supporting parents to enable changes through partnership working, in order to reduce the impact of neglect on the emotional and physical wellbeing of children is a priority.

Practitioners told us that we need a shared understanding of language used to discuss and define child neglect. 

With this in mind the LSCB are holding a series of training courses around the County to ensure that practitioners and managers understand what neglect is and why its impact is harmful to children. 

Delivered by Action for Children, this is a valuable addition to our portfolio and provides those attending with an overarching understanding of the issues surrounding neglect, how it can impact on the children and young people to whom it relates and how early interventions can be used to reduce the impact of long term neglect.

Aim of workshop

To provide multi-agency audience with key messages from research and practice which will assist staff to recognise and respond to neglect.  The aim is to improve partnership working both between agencies and with families.

Hear about Cumbria's recently launched Neglect Strategy and understand how we all have a role in working with neglect

Understand what is meant by neglect and why it is harmful to children

Explore how to keep the child at the centre of our work

Identify concerns about parenting capacity that may contribute

Understand what works in dealing with neglect

For more information and details of how to book can be found here

What do serious case reviews tell us about child neglect?

Neglected children may not speak out or tell anyone what is happening. They may hide and minimise the abuse they are suffering; they may need to keep quiet to survive. Learning from published case reviews highlights that professionals from all agencies must be able to;

  • Recognise the different types of neglect
  • Take timely action to safeguarding children
  • Understand the impact of cumulative and long term effects of neglect

Many SCR’s show that there are missed opportunities, professionals may individually have concerns about a neglected child, but too frequently these concerns do not trigger effective action. Ensure that your safeguarding knowledge is up to date.  

Neglect Practice Champions

Collaboration amongst practitioners from all agencies is vital to ensure the early recognition and identification of the signs and symptoms of neglect. With this in mind the LSCB will be identifying Neglect Practice Champions for partner agencies. If you would like to become a neglect Practice Champion email LSCB office email

Cumbria SCR Learning

Neglect Strategy