Do we need a national strategy on child neglect?

Posted by Guest blogger / Thursday 15 May 2014 / Child neglect

For a child suffering from neglect, life can be horrific. Young people told us that they feel depressed, unloved and invisible.

We’ve called on the Government to produce a national strategy for child neglect and now we’re asking you to join the debate at our next Breakfast Briefing event.

‘Sometimes no-one believes you. No-one comes to your house to see what’s going on. So no-one might know or can tell from the outside.’
(Chloe, young person)

We know the impact neglect can have on children and young people and the barriers to tackling it. We have spoken to over 18,000 children, young people, parents, carers and professionals to find out what they think so we know what needs to be done.

We want to open up the debate and are pleased to say that the Department for Education’s lead official on neglect will be attending our free event. Here are the details:

Tackling child neglect: a national strategy?
Wednesday 11 June, 8.00 - 9.30am
One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Paul Kissack - Director of Children's Social Care, Department for Education
  • Jacky Tiotto - Deputy Director Social Care Policy and Frameworks, Ofsted
  • Cllr David Simmonds - Chairman Children & Young People Board, Local Government Association
  • Sir Tony Hawkhead - Chief Executive, Action for Children

A hot buffet breakfast will be served from 8.00am with proceedings starting at 8.30am.

We need to work together to tackle neglect and I hope you’ll join me on 11 June to discuss how we can protect children.


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