Child neglect: be professionally curious!

Document type
Guidance note
Corporate author(s)
National Multi Agency Child Neglect Strategic Work Group
Action for Children
Date of publication
1 January 2016
Children and Young People, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This guide aims to help practitioners understand the implications of the recent amendments to the criminal law on child cruelty offences and to raise awareness of emotional abuse and child neglect issues. The authors explain why it is important for professionals to be curious, be alert to warning signs, and act collaboratively to share intelligence. They note that responding effectively to child neglect needs to be a shared responsibility between police, social workers and other authorities. In conclusion, they emphasize that as children rarely disclose abuse directly it is likely that signs of any form of abuse, including neglect, will be identified when dealing with an un-associated incident.

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