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The research articles this month explore neglect and deprivation.
Child neglect is one of the main reasons why local authorities become involved in family life. It is generally attributed to (a lack of) parental care and discussed in terms of parental pathology and individual blame. However, many families identified as neglecting their children live in conditions of chronic poverty and social deprivation, as discussed in the paper by Gupta. This can lead to neglect being constructed as a problem that children need to be 'rescued from' rather than supporting parents to address their problems. The second paper by Featherstone and colleagues draws on research exploring the links between living in a deprived area and a child's chances of becoming the subject of formal state intervention. Both these papers highlight the importance of considering poverty, deprivation and inequality when thinking about how to prevent future neglect and work with families where neglect is already occurring.
The final two articles focus on assessment and intervention in cases where neglect is suspected. The paper by Horwath and Tarr identifies the need to maintain a focus on the child and their needs throughout assessment and intervention, while the paper by Taylor and colleagues describes a number of promising assessment tools and models to support practitioners in helping neglected children and their families.Read more