Healthwatch Rochdale are supporting Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children’s Board (RBSCB) with their neglect campaign which is taking place from Monday 25th September to Friday 29th September. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of neglect to help reduce the risk of harm to children.
In the Rochdale Borough neglect is the most common form of abuse and comes in many forms including physical, medical, emotional, environmental and supervisory. Neglect can have long lasting, damaging impact on emotion, relationships and physical development which can affect someone in later life or even cause death. Nationally 1 in 10 children have experienced some form of neglect with over 26,000 children identified as needing protection from neglect in 2016.
There are signs that someone maybe suffering neglect which include the following: (all these signs don’t have to be present and there may be a simple explanation but it is better to get it checked out).
• they seem like they haven’t had a wash, they are dirty or smelly or their clothes aren’t clean (ENVIRONMENTAL NEGLECT)
• they are hungry, asking for other people’s food or stealing food (PHYSICAL NEGLECT)
• they are often left alone or their parents don’t seem to know where they are or what they are doing (SUPERVISORY NEGLECT)
• they often don’t turn up for school, or they often arrive late (EDUCATIONAL NEGLECT)
• they don’t seem to have many friends (EMOTIONAL NEGLECT)
• not being given appropriate medicines or medical appointments are missed (MEDICAL NEGLECT)
• living in an unsuitable home environment (ENVIRONMENTAL NEGLECT)
If you have concerns that a child or young person is suffering from neglect then please act on your concerns – there is no reason to stay silent. You can report neglect in the following ways:
• Children’s social care on 0300 303 0440
• NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000
• Greater Manchester Police on 101, or 999 if you suspect a child is in immediate or serious danger.