Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child or young person's basic needs

This includes:

  • Food, clothing and shelter
  • A safe place to live
  • Love, care or attention
  • Education, health and dental care

Neglect is the most common form of child abuse.  It is dangerous and can cause serious, long-term damage to children and young people.  It can result in death.

On 1 April 2019 we, the Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board, launched a refreshed multi-agency strategy to assist practitioners in tackling Neglect more robustly.  The strategy can be downloaded below, along with a quick reference guide to the indicators of Neglect; a Neglect Toolkit, created by Action for Children; and a poster for display in your own settings or on websites.

We have created a short clip which summarises the purpose of the strategy and some of the key elements to Neglect.  The clip also includes some views of Lancashire's children and young people.


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Tools and Resources

We want practitioners to feel confident in identifying, assessing and putting the correct measures in place to tackle neglect.  The tools below have been collated from various sources as examples of good practice. 

Reporting Neglect

If you're worried that a child or young person is suffering Neglect, you can speak to:

  • Children's Social Care on 0300 123 6720
  • Police on 101 (or 999 if someone is in immediate danger)
  • NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000