Neglect Strategy and Understanding the Impact of Neglect

‘Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child’s basic needs and is the most common form of child abuse. A child may be left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care. A child may be put in danger or not protected from physical or emotional harm’ (NSPCC)

Even ‘low-level’ neglect can be deeply damaging to a child if it occurs over a prolonged period of time.

It is the most common reason for a child to be on a child protection plan in England so providing effective early help as soon as a problem emerges can prevent children from suffering unnecessary harm and improve their long-term outcomes.

This document sets out the strategic aims and objectives for tackling neglect in the Wakefield District. It contains key principles under which the work around neglect should be undertaken and identifies priority areas of work in order to improve Wakefield’s multi-agency response to child neglect.

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