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All children and young people need food, clothing, warmth, love and attention, in order to grow and develop properly. Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child's basic needs and the most common form of child abuse. A child might be left hungry or dirty, or without proper clothing, shelter, supervision or health care. This can put children and young people in danger. And it can also have long term effects on their physical and mental wellbeing.

Stoke-on Trent Safeguarding Children Partnership have developed a Neglect Strategy and Toolkit to support practitioners to identify, assess and support children suffering or at risk of harm from neglect. The aim of the strategy is to prevent drift and delay and improve outcomes for children.

Graded Care Profile 2 is a licenced NSPCC toolkit to support the identification and assessment of Neglect. Resources related to the NSPCC GCP2 are available on the practitioner zone of the website.