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Title: Why Have We Made Neglect So Complicated? Taking A Fresh Look At Noticing And Helping The Neglected Child
Author(s): Daniel, Brigid
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Keywords: Neglect
Issue Date: Mar-2015
Citation: Daniel B (2015) Why Have We Made Neglect So Complicated? Taking A Fresh Look At Noticing And Helping The Neglected Child, Child Abuse Review, 24 (2), pp. 82-94.
Abstract: The experience of chronic neglect is extremely harmful to children’s physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural development. As an area of resaerch it has been traditionally described as neglected and as an arena of practice it is viewed as complex and intractable. Over the last few decades, however, there has been a body of evidence building up to help with the understanding of the impact of neglect upon children and to guide intervention. This paper argues that this evidence is not being used to best effect and that curernt protective systems, like those in the UK, are still struggling to provide an effective response to neglected children. The language of neglect has become over-complicated and the systems and processes for assessment, planning and intervention are mired in bureacracy. Some of these complexities are explored in more detail and a model is proposed that would support a more direct and straightforward response to children whose needs are not being met.
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