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.
They may not get the love, care and attention they need from their parents.
A child who's neglected will often suffer from other abuse as well. Neglect is dangerous and can cause serious, long-term damage - even death.
* Neglect is the most common reason for taking child protection action *
Types of neglect
Failing to provide for a child’s basic needs such as food, clothing or shelter. Failing to adequately supervise a child,or provide for their safety.
Failing to ensure a child receives an education.
Failing to meet a child’s needs for nurture and stimulation, perhaps by ignoring, humiliating, intimidating or isolating them. It’s often the most difficult to prove.
Failing to provide appropriate health care, including dental care and refusal of care or ignoring medical recommendations.
Source: Horwath, 2007
St. Helens uses NSPCC's Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) assessment tool to assess Child Neglect:
Here is a list of Safeguarding Leads within the Partnership: