Your LSCB’s Neglect Strategy

All children deserve the chance to grow up in a loving, secure family and have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Sadly, we recognise that not all children have the same experiences and not all children in our city are bought up in families able to care effectively for them. The impact of neglect on children and young people is enormous. Neglect causes great distress to children, leading to poor health, educational and social outcomes and is potentially fatal.

The LSCB believe that all children in the city should have trusted, committed and able professionals who are able to swiftly identify and respond effectively to child neglect.

Together with our multi-agency partners the LSCB has developed a Neglect Strategy for the city, setting out Brighton & Hove’s approach to tackling neglect. This was adopted by the Board at our June 2017 meeting

In the coming months the LSCB Participation & Engagement Subcommittee will be promoting key messages from this strategy across the city, including with the public. The strategy will be launched officially in the autumn, but you can read it here.

Our strategic aims: 

  • Raise awareness and challenge neglect when we see it.
  • Do more to mitigate the impact of this form of abuse upon children and young people.
  • Identify neglect much earlier in children’s lives.
  • Reduce the number of children that suffer neglect and reduce the amount of time that they experience neglect for.
  • Give tackling child and adolescent neglect the priority it deserves.
  • Deliver a well trained workforce that works together confidently to tackle neglect and a community that recognises and reports neglect.

 

Multi-agency training: 

The LSCB have worked with the Social Care Institute for Excellence to produce an interactive eLearning course to raise awareness of child neglect. If you are working with children and families and would like to take part, or would like further information, please email us at LSCB@Brighton-hove.gov.uk. We also run a day long multi-agency training session on Child Neglect