Practitioners and professionals



What is Neglect?

There is now a considerable body of research which demonstrates the damage done to young children living in situations of neglect; this includes the impact of a lack of stimulation, resulting in delayed speech and language, and the development of insecure attachments. 

The pervasive and long-term cumulative impact of neglect on the well-being of children of all ages is also well documented. All aspects of children’s development can be, and are, adversely affected by neglect, including physical and cognitive development, emotional and social well-being and children’s mental health and behaviour.

While it is not the role of ERSCP to deliver direct services, it should offer strategic direction to those agencies with a role in developing and delivering services; and, means by which to monitor effectiveness of services in improving outcomes for children and young people. To this end, the ERSCP has been co-ordinating activity in relation to developing a multi-agency Neglect Strategy.

The Neglect Strategy can be accessed here:

The ERSCP has also produce related 7-point briefings:

 The East Riding CCG has developed guidance to outline the responsibilities of Primary and Secondary Health Care providers when parents/carers disengage from health services and there are concerns about the welfare of their children. Disengagement by a family/parent/child from health services may be a signal of increased stress within a family and/or potential abuse or neglect of children and so it is important to identify early signs of disengagement so that any potential risk to the child or children can be assessed.


Who Do I Report Concerns To?

As with any concerns, if you are worried about a child/young person or think that they might be at risk of harm, abuse or neglect, you can report your concern and receive advice. Report a concern.


If a child is suffering abuse and requires urgent attention because of immediate danger, call the Police on 999.