Child neglect is a real threat to children, charity says
March 11, 2013 1 comment
Neglect poses as much of a threat to children as abuse, the NSPCC has claimed.
According to figures from a new study funded by the child protection charity, more children are placed on local child protection registers due to neglect than both physical and sexual abuse.
The study, by the University of East Anglia, examined 645 ‘serious case reviews’ from 2005 to 2011, in which the particulars of a case involving children were examined for any lessons to be learned. Of the 645 cases, 175 concerned children already known to be at risk. And of that 175, 101 had been placed on the register due to neglect.
The charity’s Ruth Gardner said:
“Child neglect is just as serious as a child being physically or sexually abused, but many neglected children are falling through the child protection net.”
A recent survey of social workers revealed that authorities were most likely to delay action in cases of suspected neglect, she added.
The NSPCC called for a more coordinated approach, with a specialist in child neglect appointed by each local authority, better training and campaigns to raise awareness.
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