Child Neglect

Let's Get On With The Job

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

As the dust settles after the General Election, it is crucial that Government does "get on with the job" - and that must mean not only dealing with Brexit but also not ignoring pressing social issues at home. We can't afford to put on hold the reforms so desperately needed to transform women's lives.

It's Time To Face The Facts On Children's Mental Health

Peter Wanless | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Peter Wanless

For a number of years the NSPCC and several other charities and health organisations have been ringing the alarm bell about the state of young people'...

A Lesson in Supporting Victims of Child Abuse

Fiona Smith | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Fiona Smith

Everyone who works with children wants to help and protect them. But as a recent report revealed that only one in 8 cases of child sexual abuse is being reported, something is clearly not working.

Child Neglect: A Surge in Public Opinion

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Child neglect has been staring us in the face for too long. Headlines relate the tragic stories of children who grow up shockingly deprived and, in extreme cases, die because of neglect. These children not only lack basic essentials like nutritious food and adequate clothing, they also lack the love, support and warmth that every youngster needs to thrive.

Heartbreaking Ayesha Ali Letter Shows How Murdered Child Blamed Herself

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Ryan Barrell | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK

Police have released the heartwrenching, hand-written notes of tragic 8-year-old Ayesha Ali, who was tortured, abused and killed by her mother and her...

Be the Voice for Abused Children

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Doubt and fear of getting it wrong must play on people's minds even if they are worried. Often there are no obvious, physical signs of neglect. But if a child you know shows signs of not being fed or clothed properly, is missing school a lot or is left unsupervised and alone inappropriately for their age, we urge people to alert the professionals. I remember speaking to Claire [not her real name], one of our many fantastic foster carers. She has been looking after a 15-year-old boy who came into her care about two years ago, having suffered years of neglect. She spoke of how he looked like an 'eight-year-old' because he had been so badly underfed...

Child Neglect Can Be Stopped in Its Tracks: The Right Information Will Help Reach Children Early

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Children who may be suffering or who are at greater risk of neglect, but whose circumstances do not reach an authority's threshold to receive social care support, are less likely to get the help that they need. Instead, their situations can be allowed to deteriorate to become even more desperate or dangerous. It is a tragedy that due to a lack of gathering the right information, children whose lives could be improved are needlessly put at further risk. Child neglect can be stopped in its tracks.

Rough Justice for Child Abuse Victims

Peter Wanless | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

By any measure 1989 was a momentous year. The Berlin Wall came crashing down and idea of the worldwide web was conceived. There was also a ground-breaking report from a UK judge recommending a better deal for child victims of sexual and other assaults who gave evidence against their abusers.

Severely Neglected Children Will No Longer Suffer in Silence

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Emotional neglect is a clearly defined form of child abuse, with studies throughout the world evidencing its detrimental impact. As Robert Buckland recently said in New Humanist magazine, this law change is about tackling 'the systematic terrorising of children by parents who make their lives a living hell'.

Paternalistic Project Parliament: How Dr Phillip Lee MP's Healthcare System is Helping Prevent 'Baby P Tragedies'

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Martina Keens-Betts

As bad systems beget bad systems, good systems beget good systems - that's just the way it is. It is too late for the likes of poor Baby P, but we CAN seek to protect other children who are at risk by supporting MPs who promote this essential state-of-the-art, MIS-powered Super Hospital system model.

Emotional Abuse Cannot Be Ignored - and Now Children Have the Law on Their Side

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

At Action for Children, we have reached a huge milestone - following our three-year campaign and thanks to the Ministry of Justice, the legal definition of child cruelty will include emotional as well as physical harm. This new law will change lives. I've met children and young people who have suffered intolerable emotional abuse at the hands of people who are supposed to love them most.

The Neglect of Children Is Everyone's Responsibility

Meg Munn | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

Current structures are not well organised to locate children like these, nor provide essential early help. As re-organisation follows re-organisation, and with reduced budgets, the inevitable step is to focus on the most urgent situations.

Child Neglect: The Scandal That Never Breaks

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

One in ten children - more than 1.5million - suffers from neglect. It is the most prevalent form of child abuse and features in 60% of serious case reviews into the death or serious injury of a child... What I find mind-boggling, is the fact that as a nation we have no overarching, strategic plan in place to address the issue.

Two Held After Toddler Dies In Blackpool

PA | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK

Two people are under arrest after the death of a two-year-old girl, police said. Officers were called by the ambulance service at 11.44pm on Tuesda...

We Cannot Allow Any Child to Disappear

Peter Wanless | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

It's absolutely right that the national media crawl all over what happened to Hamzah Khan. Anyone who cares about children will be horrified by the detail of his suffering and will see clearly many moments when he might have been noticed. But it's not enough simply to cry that "lessons must be learned". We must ensure that they are.

9-Year-Old Embarks On Crazy Crime-Ridden Adventure

The Huffington Post | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK


Government Fund for Adopters - Commendable or Glaringly Inadequate?

Ben Acheson | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Abuse and neglect have obvious emotional, physical and psychological costs. The monetary impact is more challenging to analyse and anyone who does so risks vitriolic accusations of being as cold, insentient and azoic as the calculator used to make their estimates.

Father's Day: Celebrating 'Good Enough' Fathers Is a Waste of Time

Louise Pennington | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Father's Day is the annual celebration of men's fertility. It is not a celebration of "good fathers" but, rather, any man who contributes sperm to create a child. We have arrived at a point in our culture where violent men are considered "good enough" fathers.

Women Accused Of 'Abandoning' Toddler In Street

PA | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK

A woman has been charged with child neglect after a toddler was found abandoned in a pram in the street. The two-and-a-half-year-old girl was disco...

Suspected Child Neglect Cases Rise But Many Feel Powerless To Act

PA | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK

Nine out of 10 teachers, police officers and social workers are regularly coming into contact with children they suspect are suffering from neglect, y...

Mother Jailed After Baby Killed By Falling Television

PA | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK

A woman who killed her four-month-old son when she knocked a five-stone television set on to his head while she was high on drink and drugs has been j...

Brain Size Is Directly Linked To Being Loved Or Neglected By Parents (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK

The brains in this image both belong to three-year-old children, yet the difference in size is dramatic. What's even more dramatic is that the var...

Iain Duncan Smith: The Father of Four Who Wants to Provide Bread for Just Two

Hayley Meachin | Posted 25.12.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

We don't currently live in a country that practices population control, and the poor children that the government seeks to punish simply for existing are already here and a part of our society. We can't send them back, nor should we wish them away.

Are Neglected Children Falling Through the Child Protection Net?

Andrew Flanagan | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK
Andrew Flanagan

A survey of social workers published in Community Care today, in partnership with the NSPCC, reveals that just one in 10 were confident that children suffering neglect were being properly protected.

Is it Ever Okay to Check Your Child Into a Coat Room?

Richard Holt | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Holt

My daughter has settled into nursery alarmingly quickly. When I went to pick her up for the first time she seemed very happy to see me and gave me a gratifyingly forceful hug. But I had seen her before she spotted me and she was clearly having a fantastic time.