The State of Child Neglect in the UK

This is the second in a series of annual reviews that monitor the impact of changes in national and local policy and practice, assessing whether they are helping children who are at risk of, or experiencing, neglect (Burgess et al. 2012). A Scottish extension of the 2011 review was also undertaken (Daniel et al. 2012). Key questions underlying the annual reviews are: Do we know how many children are currently experiencing neglect in the UK? How good are we at recognising children who are at risk of, or are experiencing, neglect? How well are we helping children at risk of, or currently experiencing, neglect?

This 2012/13 review focuses on how universal services respond to children and whether universal, targeted and social care services are working together in ways which offer effective help.