What is neglect?

The persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:

  • provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment);
  • protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger;
  • ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or
  • ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.

It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.”

Working Together 2018

Halton Neglect Strategy 2022-2025

The Neglect Assessment Framework – Practice Standards and Practice Guidance


This Neglect Assessment Framework has been developed to:

  • assist professionals in identifying and assessing neglect
  • inform multi agency planning when the needs of a child are being neglected
  • set out multi-agency practice standards for use in Halton

The framework includes;

Child Abuse and Neglect NICE Guideline 76

A guideline for recognising and responding to abuse and neglect in children and young people under 18. This is for all practitioners whose work brings them into contact with children and young people; those with specific roles in assessing risk and need, providing early help and interventions to children, young people, parents and carers; commissioners and managers of services for children and young people.