Child neglect

Advice for understanding neglect in childhood

“The persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse.”

Neglect erodes the child’s resilience. It makes a child or young person lack worth.

Are you worried that a Child’s Basic Needs are not being met?

  • Are they attending school on a regular basis?
  • Are they attending health appointments?
  • Do they appear to be hungry?
  • Are they dressed appropriately for the weather?
  • Are they protected from harm by their parent or carer?
  • Is the child scapegoated / ignored / dismissed?
  • Is the child deprived of food as a punishment?
  • Are they exposed to domestic violence?
  • Are they exposed to alcohol or drugs?
  • Does parent/carer have mental health issues?

These are just a few examples of issues and behaviours that may lead to a child becoming neglected.

Graded Care Profile 2 

The Graded Care Profile 2 is an evidence based assessment tool for evaluating levels of parental care.  It measures the quality of care delivered to an individual child over a short window of time and uses a graded scale to capture levels of physical and emotional care.  The tool identifies strengths as well as areas of care that need to be improved and it targets aspects of neglectful care.  The impact on the child can be measured effectively using this tool and it provides evidence that can inform care and intervention plans.

To be given access to the  the Graded Care Profile 2, you need to first of all complete the Graded Care Profile 2 training, as you have to be licenced to use the Tool.  In order to access training dates or to register your interest in the course, please click here SaferNEL | Training

If you have previously completed the training, but haven’t used the Tool for a while, please provide your certificate of completion to Emma Wragg, Learning and Development Advisor, Safeguarding via and she will be able to provide you with the password to access the most up to date

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child/ren in relation to Neglect or any other Child Protection concerns please contact the NELC Children’s Integrated Front Door on 01472 326292 Option 2 or the NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000.

Report concerns about a child

More information

Families First Information Service or Family Hubs – 01472 326293

Health Visiting and school Nursing Service – 01472 323660

NSPCC Grimsby Service Centre – 01472 803500