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Neglect and the Graded Care Profile

Neglect can have a huge impact on children and young. It often increases over time gradually and can be hard to detect so there’s a risk that agencies do not intervene early enough to prevent harm.

Neglect can lead to poor health, poor social and educational outcomes and can be fatal. It can also affect the development of a child’s brain and their ability to make secure attachments. This can then affect their emotional wellbeing and make it harder to successfully parent in the future.

Our neglect strategy

Our strategy recognises the extent to which neglect features as a significant concern for children.

The strategy identifies and defines what neglect is and the serious impact it can have on children. Whilst recognising the difficulties in identifying neglect to help support an Early Help approach to families.

 Download our neglect strategy

Graded care profile

The GCP2 is a practical tool which helps practitioners measure the quality of care delivered to a child from an individual carer or carers over a short window of time. It is designed to give a representative overview of the current level of care. 

The grades are based on observations and good quality evidence gathered during this window. All practitioners using the GCP2 have attended and passed a licensed training programme.

The graded care profile reviews “what it’s like” for the child, not "why it’s happening". 

Parental issues are taken into account during the analysis and planning stage. The quality of care is scaled between 1 (best) and 5 (worst).

A judgement of if parenting is neglectful or not is based on if the needs of a child are adequately being met. 

The graded care profile also helps professionals to be clear as to what the basic needs of the child are, and to what degree they’re being met. This allows practitioners to make reasoned and clear judgements about neglect.

The GCP2 separates out different areas of parenting and the needs of the child.

These areas are:

  • physical care
  • care of safety
  • emotional care
  • developmental care

Only professionals who have had the 1 day GCP2 training are able to use the tool.

Upcoming training dates

Download the GCP2 training application form