The NSPCC has warned child neglect is not being taken seriously enough by local authorities.
A University of East Anglia report analysed 645 “serious case reviews” and found that of the children who died or were seriously injured, more had been placed on the child protection register for neglect than for physical and sexual abuse combined.
Cases of child neglect can be far more difficult to deal with than abuse cases, where specific incidents can be pointed to justify removal of a child from the home. Local authorities should ensure all front line professionals are given the training needed to spot neglect and ensure children’s files are not closed prematurely when a child’s standard of care is temporarily raised as a result of local authority involvement.
We are seeing an increasing number of ‘failure to remove’ claims where claimants allege they should have been removed from the family home earlier. These claims are expensive to investigate and nearly always require expert social care evidence.
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