Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership (SSCP) continues to have childhood neglect as one of its strategic priorities. We know that when children are neglected it impacts on their development through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood, and that it is highly likely that the consequences of childhood neglect will endure through a person’s whole life course. The Partnership has developed a Neglect Strategy for 2020-2023 with the principal purpose of preventing and reducing neglect across Shropshire.
Neglect is defined as:
The persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to: provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment) protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate caregivers) ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.
(Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018)
SSCP has also developed a Neglect Screening Tool for practitioners to help them to identify neglect at the earliest opportunity.
A number of other resources and tools are available for practitioners to use in their work with children and families on the right of this page.
Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2)
GCP2 is an evidence based assessment tool which is culturally neutral and is for evaluating levels of parental care. GCP2 is an assessment tool that focusses on one specific child and parent. It provides an excellent way to measure and scale the quality of care delivered whilst keeping the child at the centre. In order to use the GCP2 assessment tool with a child and family practitioners must have been trained in it’s use by attending the Graded Care Profile 2 course. Information on multi-agency training available to professionals & volunteers can be found on in the SSCP Multi-agency Safeguarding Training Schedule on our Safeguarding Training webpage. Leaflets explaining GCP2 for parents and young people are available to the right of this page.