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Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership – Neglect of Children and Young People

Neglect is the most common reason for a child to be the subject of a child Protection Plan in the UK and research from the NSPCC tells us that 1 in 7 secondary school age children and 1 in 20 children under 11 in the UK have been neglected at some point.

To help combat neglect of children the Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership has developed and published its multi-agency Neglect Strategy (below):

WSCP Neglect Strategy 19-21

The strategy has been developed by the WSCB partnership to help ensure agencies and practitioners recognise neglect and provide an effective response which will improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. Integral to the strategy is the identification and engagement of families at the earliest opportunity by preventative services.

In cases where professionals are aware of, or suspect neglect the Graded Care Profile 2 tool must be used with families. This is an evidence based tool for assessing the type and level of neglect in a family and can be used to assess changes and improvements over time. The tool is useful in helping to identify the appropriate help and interventions a family may require.

To use the Graded Care Profile 2 tool, professionals must become accredited by completing the GCP2 training offered by the safeguarding partnership. To access the training please register on the website and you will be able to see the courses here.

Further information about the GCP2 can be found here.

The WSCB Home Conditions Assessment tool is also available for professionals to use to inform about the impact of poor home conditions on children.

This tool has now been withdrawn. Home conditions assessment should form part of the Graded Care Profile2 introduced in July 2019.