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The role of schools, academies and colleges in addressing neglect

Schools, academies and colleges have a statutory responsibility for “safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people” (Education Act 2002). Their staff regularly see pupils / students and are well positioned to recognise when a child may be subject to maltreatment or neglect.

It is essential that more is done to understand Neglect, the area of abuse that remains so highly unreported in the UK. The overall complexity of the concerns in neglect cases are frequently identified and can often be a reason why neglect is under reported.