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What is Neglect?

There is now a considerable body of research which demonstrates the damage done to young children living in situations of neglect; this includes the impact of a lack of stimulation, resulting in delayed speech and language, and the development of insecure attachments. 

The pervasive and long-term cumulative impact of neglect on the well-being of children of all ages is also well documented. All aspects of children’s development can be, and are, adversely affected by neglect, including physical and cognitive development, emotional and social well-being and children’s mental health and behaviour.

While it is not the role of ERSCP to deliver direct services, it should offer strategic direction to those agencies with a role in developing and delivering services; and, means by which to monitor effectiveness of services in improving outcomes for children and young people. To this end, the ERSCP has been co-ordinating activity in relation to developing a multi-agency Neglect Strategy.

The Neglect Strategy can be accessed here:

Neglect Strategy 2016-2020 (pdf 433kb opens in a new window)

Neglect One Minute Guide Template (word 707Mb opens in a new window)
ERSCB Neglect Practice Guidance (pdf 1.22mb opens in a new window)

Who Do I Report Concerns To?

As with any concerns, if you are worried about a child/young person or think that they might be at risk of harm, abuse or neglect, you can contact the Early Help and Safeguarding Hub (EHaSH) to log your concern and receive advice:

Telephone: (01482) 395500 

Email: childrens.socialcare@eastriding.gov.uk

During office hours (Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4.30pm), you can contact EHaSH on:

Tel: (01482) 395500

Email: childrens.socialcare@eastriding.gov.uk

Outside of office hours, please contact the emergency duty team:

Tel: (01377) 241273

Email: emergency.duty.team@eastriding.gov.uk

If a child is suffering abuse and requires urgent attention because of immediate danger, call the Police on 999.