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The State of Child Neglect in the UK

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Today Meg Munn MP chaired a meeting bringing together Edward Timpson MP, the Children’s Minister, and Action for Children at the Parliamentary launch of their new report The State of Child Neglect in the UK. Attendees at the meeting included child protection workers, relevant academics, and MPs and Peers from the Child Protection All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).

The new report outlined the state of child neglect in the UK and made suggestions as to how this could be positively tackled. A central theme of the discussion at the meeting was the need for early intervention in cases of child neglect in order to reduce the serious negative effects on a child’s development that stem from this cause.

In addition several other topics were discussed including the need:

         to de-stigmatise child protective services so that families feel social workers are on their side,

         for integrated services that allow multiple agencies to access information on a child and gain a full picture of their circumstances,

         concise information to be made available to both the public and to individuals in universal services, such as medical workers or teachers, so that how to help a child in need is clear,

         to trust networks and best practice that are right for each council, rather than cumbersome procedures that aren’t effective.

 

Meg commented on the meeting:

“Best practice occurs when it is underpinned by good research so I welcome Action for Children for this helpful and useful report. It provides information that will take forward the discussion about the best way to tackle child neglect. This is a complex area but progress can be made to improve outcomes for the child.”

For further information on Action for Children visit: http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk

 

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