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Tackling Neglect in Birmingham

What is Neglect?
Neglect is when a parent or carer doesn’t meet the basic physical and/or emotional needs of their children. This means that children who are experiencing neglect don’t regularly get all of the essential things they need to keep them happy, healthy and safe and well – things like nutritious food, good hygiene, a safe place to live, adequate clothing, medical care, education and love and affection.
Neglect is the most common form of child abuse and the most common reason for a child to be subject to a Child Protection plan. Neglect can have a significant and long lasting impact on children. It is better to respond to neglect at an early stage, but it can be difficult to identify and assess. This means that neglect is often missed or noticed at a much late stage where it is harder to intervene.

What is Graded Care Profile version 2 (GCP2)
Neglect is one of BSCP’s four key strategic priorities for 2021-22. One of the ways that the partnership is working to tackle the problem is to introduce GCP2. GCP2 is a licensed assessment tool from NSPCC. GCP2 can support professionals working with children and families to measure the quality of care provided to a child. The tool evaluates the quality of physical and emotional care provided to children by using a scale of 1 (best) to 5 (worst) in different areas of physical and emotional care such as nutrition, hygiene, safety, and supervision. This can be used by one or more agencies working with the family and will help focus and inform intervention plans.

What happens next?
GCP2 training is being offered initially in the Northfield and Hodge Hill localities to professionals working with families under Early Help. The aim is to roll this out across the city in 2022. If you would like to be involved or have any questions contact Luisa Fraser, Neglect Lead Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How can I find out more?
BSCP Neglect Strategy is available to read by clicking here.

The NSPCC have produced a short video on understanding GCP2. To watch the video click here

Reviewed: 27.09.2021



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