The Impact of Neglect on Outcomes for Young People

The Impact of Neglect on Outcomes for Young People
 
when?  Monday 11 March 2019
 
where?  at Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC!H 9HQ
 
This conference looks at the impact on children and young people of the failure to protect them from many years of persistent neglect.  These are the children who, for whatever reason, were not removed from home and continued to struggle to care for themselves and sometimes other siblings to survive in a situation where the adults could not, or would not, keep them safe and secure.  This in turn has left neglected children vulnerable to exploitation in many different ways including sexual abuse, physical abuse and drug running.  While Courts have to be mindful of the child/young person's human right to family life, children have the right to protection, basic care and access to education.  How can the right to family life be balanced against the known impacts on children living in neglectful families?
 
Neglect, whether it is caused by parental poverty, substance abuse, or mental illness, is one of the most significant causes of children becoming looked after.  Nationally a huge cohort of young people are subject to child protections plans under the category of neglect.  This conference looks at the fate of those for whom there was no 'seat in the lifeboat' and who have struggled to care for themselves in a world which seemed, at best, indifferent; at worst exploitative.  We will examine the basis for the Local Authority starting proceedings and establishing the threshold criteria in the face of judgements regarding the rights of parents to decide how they bring up their children or in situations where there has been no decisive harmful incident and how this can result in delayed decisions which further impact on children who have been victims of neglect.
 
 

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