Action for Children

Action for Children's vision is of a world where all children and young people have a sense of belonging and are loved and valued. A world where they can break through injustice and deprivation and fulfil their potential. Our operational mission is to support and speak out for vulnerable children and their families. We challenge injustice and empower children to overcome the barriers that hold them back. We believe in early intervention, supporting families as soon as problems come up.
Nov 2, 2011

Reporting Neglected Children - Report October 2011

A few facts about Neglect

Child neglect is an ongoing failure to provide the right care and attention to a child's needs, including enough food, clean clothes, safety and security, warmth and love. Here are some facts about neglect in the UK:

 

  • Serious neglect can kill
  • In the UK, neglect is the most common form of child abuse
  • 1/3 of police and social workers feel "powerless" to stop it
  • 1 million neglected children have parents who were also victims of childhood neglect
  • Neglect can lead to lonelinessisolation, low self-esteem and poor health

The signs of neglect

Neglect can sometimes have obvious signs, though often it can take years for emotional and psychological symptoms to become apparent. These are a few signs which could indicate a child is being neglected:

  • A child (under 16) who regularly has to look after themselves alone
  • Regularly not having clean clothes to wear or enough to eat
  • A lack of medical or dental attention
  • Living in dangerous conditions, for example around drugs
  • A child who exhibits anger, anti-social behaviour, aggression or self harm

Why does it happen?

It is often not easy to pinpoint one specific reason why child neglect happens, but  there are some more common problems among adult carers that are associated with neglect of children. These include:

  • Domestic violence
  • Parental mental health problems
  • Substance abuse, for example alcoholism
  • Parents with their own personal history of child neglect

Your donations are being used across our projects, helping us tackle child neglect and make the lives of the children and young people that we work with, better.

Jul 26, 2011

Supporting Neglected Children - Report July 2011

Child neglect is the most common form of child abuse in the UK today. While we are learning more about the causes and consequences of the issue than ever before, it remains the biggest reason for a child to need protection. With studies suggesting neglect is robbing almost 1.5 million UK children of their childhood, it is in everybody's power to help.

In October 2009, we launched a dedicated campaign to raise awareness of child neglect. We have spoken to a broad cross-section of society, including the general public, childcare professionals and children themselves, to find out what they know about neglect and how often they see it. The results are startling: child neglect is everywhere and our collective response simply not good enough.

Neglecting the issue, written in partnership with the University of Stirling, is a new report which identifies six key gaps in knowledge about child neglect; gaps which need to be investigated in order to help reduce - and even prevent - the problem. These are: the role of fathers, targeting families, public health and prevention, parental and carers' views, actively seeking children's views, and understanding the scale of neglect.

The report also states that poverty, substance misuse and inability to access local family support services are among the factors that can increase child neglect.

Read more about our key findings in Neglecting the issue, attached.

Your donations are being used across our projects, helping us tackle child neglect and make the lives of the children and young people that we work with, better.

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May 4, 2011

Supporting Neglected Children - Report April 2011

Action for Children
Action for Children

No child should be neglected. That's why we're running a three-year appeal to make the UK wake up to neglect.

We are campaigning to improve the way child neglect is tackled, and highlighting the importance of intervening early to help families with emerging issues, before they become long-term problems. We're encouraging governments to spend more - and more wisely - on public services that focus on early intervention, and we're raising desperately needed money to develop targeted, effective initiatives that tackle the key causes of neglect. We work with thousands of vulnerable families already but there are many more families out there who need our help

Emily
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