Multi-agency responses to older children
Ofsted has published a joint report, Growing up neglected: a multi-agency response to older children, from inspectorates Ofsted, HMI Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and HMI Probation.
The report is part of the third joint targeted area inspection programme, with a focus on the effectiveness of local area, multi-agency interventions for children between 7 and 15 years old who have experienced, or are at risk of, neglect. The inspections reviewed practice in children’s social care, education, health services, the police, youth offending services and probation services.
It recognises that much has been done by agencies to address neglect of younger children. However, it calls for a greater awareness of the neglect of older children and a focus on trauma-based approaches to tackling it. It also calls for a greater awareness among professionals in Adult Services of the risks of neglect of older children who are living with parents with complex needs.
Research in Practice has a selection of resources intended to support the sector to build evidence-informed learning and development pathways in relation to child neglect.
Use the Research in Practice Neglect: Mapping Resource (open access).