The Cumbria Neglect Strategy has been developed to set out the strategic aims and objectives of Cumbria's approach to tackling neglect. It identifies the key principles underpinning work with neglect and priority actions to improve the way we work.
The LSCB wants to ensure that we are able to identify children and young people, whose needs may be neglected by their care givers, at the earliest point so that appropriate services can be provided to address this and prevent the need for statutory intervention.
There are varying experiences of neglect but long term exposure to neglect or serious neglect have long lasting effect on children. Therefore, we need to have a proportionate response dependant on the seriousness. Our vision for Cumbria is that fewer children will experience neglectful care and will be raised in a loving family environment.
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Guidance for Practitioners Working with Children and Families in which Neglect is or may be a Factor
The Child as Object of Neglect
Recommended reading by the Policy and Procedures sub group. This small scale study by Horwath and Tarr (2015) explores planning and social work practice in cases of child neglect with a focus on conferences and core groups in England and Wales, looking at active cases of chronic neglect where a child was subject to a child protection plan for two years or more because of neglect, or was on a plan, taken off it and subject to a further plan within a two-year period.