Neglect Strategy and Framework

We know neglect remains the primary category of abuse for children placed on child protection plans in Plymouth.  Neglect is a strategic priority of the Board and is captured via its multi-agency quality assurance processes.   The  Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board is pleased to launch its Neglect Strategy for Plymouth.  The direct purpose of this Strategy is to prevent and reduce neglect in the city of Plymouth.

In Plymouth we aim to ensure that there is an early recognition of neglect.   The Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board has endorsed and supported the implementation of the Early Help Framework within the City and the Neglect Matters Campaign run out with the NSPCC during 2017/2018.

The PSCB NEGLECT STRATEGY sets out the aims and objectives for Plymouth’s approach to preventing, identifying, tackling and reducing the impact of neglect and should be read in conjunction with:

Neglect Framework and Guidance

Early Help Framework

Plymouth Assessment and Thresholds Framework

South West Child Protection  Polices and Procedures.

All practitioners are reminded that neglect of older children can sometimes go unseen.    As stated within the JTAI Report: Growing Up Neglected: A multi-agency response for older children (July 2018)if children of any age are suffering neglect, professionals must address this with their parents”.  Its findings include:

  • Professionals must see the neglect of older children.
  • Professionals must be supported to recognise presenting behaviours and risk in the context of neglect.
  • Adult services need to recognise neglectful parenting.
  • Multi-agency interventions must include working with parents to reduce neglect.
  • Plans need to have impact.
  • Use trauma-informed approaches.
  • Work to engage with older children.

The PSCB will be working further with its multi-agency partners to evaluate and implement the findings of the JTAI Report.






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