Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment) / failing to protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger / failing to ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate caregivers) and failing to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.
NSPCC Graded Care Profile 2
The Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) is an evidence-based assessment tool developed by the NSPCC. It helps professionals measure the quality of care provided by a parent or carer in meeting their child’s needs, particularly where there are concerns about neglect.
This multi-agency neglect assessment toolbox has been developed to support practitioners accurately identify appropriate cases in need of early help or onward referral to Children’s Social Care. The tools included should also be used to review the effectiveness of the support plans that are in place and the outcomes for children.