Protecting and safeguarding children from neglect
Neglect is the failure to provide for a child and young person’s basic needs. Neglect remains one of the most prevalent forms of child maltreatment and is likely to result in the serious impairment of a child and young person’s health or development.
In 2016, the SBNI identified the issue of neglect as its theme for two years and set up the Neglect Sub-Group to address the issue. The SBNI has identified the issue of neglect as one of its strategic priorities for 2018-2022, and is one of the Adverse Childhood Experiences which will be addressed by the SBNI through the adoption of trauma-informed approach to safeguarding in the search for better outcomes for children and young people.
- Online training materials have been issued by the Scottish Government and the Department of Education in England which practitioners may find useful. This information has been developed by experts on childhood neglect. Please click here to access this information:
- An annotated bibliography in relation to neglect has been developed by Queen's University Belfast on behalf of the SBNI to assist practitioners. Its purpose is to provide a summary of some key current research findings on prevalence, recognition, assessment and intervention of child neglect alongside highlighting further sources of information and training. Please click here to access:
A very successful multi-disciplinary/agency Neglect Conference took place on 5th April 2017 in the Southern Safeguarding Panel area.
The Keynote Speaker was Professor Jan Horwath (Professor Emeritus University of Sheffield). A range of workshops were held during the event.
The focus of the Conference was on the challenges of identifying and working with neglect, the consideration of the child's and parent’s experience and on using the lived experience of the carers to establish capacity to not only change but maintain change.
Presentations from some of the key note speakers and the workshops have kindly been made available and can be accessed below:
- Making a Difference to the Lives of Neglected Children and their Families - PROFESSOR EMERITUS JAN HORWATH
- Solihull Approach Workshop
- Safeguarding Disabled Children and their Emotional Wellbeing
- iNeglect? - Supporting Development & Safeguarding in Digital Environments
- “Please Listen, please help” – Don’t neglect children's voices
- The Impact of Neglect on the Developing Brain
- Dawn Shaw - National Director NI Action for Children
- The Education Authority NI - APPROACHES TO NEGLECT
Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland Neglect Strategy
Neglect has been identified as an SBNI theme from 2016. The Neglect Sub-group was set up and one of its tasks was to develop a Neglect Strategy for Northern Ireland. This Strategy has been approved by the SBNI Board. The Neglect Strategy aims to help agencies in Northern Ireland who are involved with children, young people and parents to take actions to prevent, reduce and manage effects of neglect on children and families. We know that early recognition, timely and effective responses to neglect is vital in providing families with the help they need.
The work plan developed by the Neglect Sub-group will support the work of the SBNI and outlines how the Strategy will be taken forward.