CSCP 5 Minute Briefing - Neglect

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CSCP 5 minute briefing


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Neglect continues to be a concern for children and young people.  We know from reported statistics that 1-10 children have suffered neglect. We know that neglect is the most common form of child abuse and would predict there are many more children affected by neglect than are actually reported.

The lock down due to Coronavirus has brought added pressures to parents and carers of children and young people.  Many children will not have been seen on a regular basis, be living in a low income household and be subject to pressures such as domestic and substance abuse.   Parents and carers now have the added pressure of the summer holidays and occupying their child/ren.  

We all have a responsibility If we SEE something we need to SAY something!

What does neglect look like?

There are varying experiences of neglect but long-term exposure to neglect or serious neglect have long lasting effect on children. 

Neglect is not meeting a child’s basic physical and /or psychological needs. 

Neglect can be a lot of different things which can make it hard to spot. But broadly speaking there are 4 types of neglect.

Physical neglect : A child's basic needs, such as food, clothing or shelter, are not met or they aren't properly supervised or kept safe.

Educational neglect : A parent doesn't ensure their child is given an education.

Emotional neglect : A child doesn't get the nurture and stimulation they need. This could be through ignoring, humiliating, intimidating or isolating them.

Medical neglect : A child isn't given proper health care. This includes dental care and refusing or ignoring medical recommendations.

We can all help by being vigilant of the signs of neglect and report concerns on what to do if worried a child is being abused.

Display and share with colleagues the posters of: If you SEE something..... SAY something

Recognise the pressure families are facing but be professionally curious. 

Do you know parents who would like to access Summer activities for their child/ren and family?  There is a programme of summer activities on the Cumbria County Council website here.

If you SEE something…… SAY Something!