Assessing and Intervening in Neglect

Target audience and scope

This training is relevant for all professionals working with children experiencing neglect.

Awareness of child neglect and its consequences on the future wellbeing and development of children has increased during the last two decades. Neglect is notoriously difficult to define and research shows that it often co-exists with other forms of abuse and adversity. It is also the most common reason for child protection plans in the United Kingdom.

The impact of neglect on children and young people is enormous. Neglect causes great distress to children, leading to poor health, educational and social outcomes and is potentially fatal. Their emotional health and well-being is often compromised and this impacts on their success in adulthood and their ability to parent in the future.

The Ofsted Thematic Inspection of professional responses to neglect in 2014 presented a mixed picture in terms of the quality of the professional response to neglect. Some recent serious case reviews have highlighted particular concerns around the return of children to their main carers after separation. The University of Bristol and the NSPCC have published an evidence-informed framework for Return Home Practice, which links in with the new responsibilities for practitioners as outlined in flowchart 6 of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.


This course will support practitioners to:

  • consider recent national research on neglect including lessons and messages from local and national serious case reviews
  • consider the complexity of working with neglect,
  • understand how to effectively differentiate between indicators and risk factors in the assessment and analysis of neglect
  • consider the relevance of the application of the Framework for reunification
  • consider interventions which are child and outcome focused
  • consider links with the Child and Family Training developments of core elements in working with children and families following maltreatment, and promoting family rehabilitation

Course details

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Fees are £1,000.00 plus trainer’s expenses plus VAT for 24 trainees

Further information regarding Neglect training can be found here.

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