New Children's Social Care reports highlight neglect

The publication of two new reports, one by the charity Action for Children and the other by Ofsted, highlight that neglect is often a pivotal factor in the care of children.

Action for Children's report Child Neglect: The Scandal that Never Breaks calls for a new government strategy to tackle child neglect.  A range of barriers were highlighted by the social workers who were surveyed. Common factors included a lack of resources and professional expertise, high intervention thresholds and poor links between adults and children's services.

Many of these barriers are also cited in Ofsted's report, In the Child's Time: Professional Responses to Neglect. There is seen to be a general need for social workers to be better equipped in dealing with cases of neglect. This must be accompanied by practice improvements across the system. 

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