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Listen to me! Noticing and responding to children at risk

28.06.19 9:30 am
28.06.19 1:00 pm


Children in Wales

*: £50.00 – £85.00

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A half day course

Neglect – Understanding the impact and keeping the child in focus

Research both locally and nationally shows us that even though most practitioners report that they know what neglect is, they frequently fail to recognise the severity or possible consequences of neglect. Therefore, children are often left in neglectful situations for far longer than should be the case. Professionals must respond to neglect with the same degree of seriousness and urgency as all other forms of child abuse. The earlier we intervene to prevent neglect the better the outcome for the child.

In order to really understand neglect, and meet the needs of the neglected child, we need to know how it is impacting on the daily lived experience of individual children and young people. By considering a day in the life of a child, and using professional judgement to consider the impact, a much clearer account of the specific ways the neglect is affecting the child can be gained

The training will consider the role that all practitioners in contact with children and families have in recognising neglect and the risk of drift in responding to the care needs of children. Participants will explore the damaging effects of neglect on children’s immediate and longer-term health and development. There will be an opportunity to try out practical resources to help the process of assessment, planning, and effective interventions.

The training is suitable for anyone working with children and families or providing services for adults with child-care responsibilities who may be in a position to identify concerns about neglect, including those that may arise from the use of preventative and early intervention services.

This course can also meet the requirement for an annual safeguarding refresher or update.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to;

  • Understand the key messages from research including the impact of adolescent neglect
  • Recognise signs and indicators of the different forms of neglect that may help identify if children and young people are at risk of significant harm
  • Describe the different ways in which children may experience neglect, and the short and long term impact of neglect on children’s physical, emotional and social development
  • Understand the process of brain development and recognise the importance of early support for children who experience neglect and abuse
  • Identify with the daily lived experience of the child and not the intent of the carers,
  • Consider the difference between being judgemental and making judgements, in order to keep the focus on the child in assessment and decision making
  • Identify concerns about parenting capacity, family and environmental factors that contribute to neglect
  • Explain the impact of personal and professional values and beliefs when working with issues of neglect


This course is also offered as in-house training, please contact training@childreninwales.org.uk for more information.

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