Working with families in which Neglect is a factor

The Cumbria Neglect Strategy has been developed to set out the strategic aims and objectives of Cumbria's approach to tackling neglect.  It identifies the key principles underpinning work with neglect and priority actions to improve the way we work. 

The CSCP wants to ensure that we are able to identify children and young people, whose needs may be neglected by their care givers, at the earliest point so that appropriate services can be provided to address this and prevent the need for statutory intervention.

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Our Vision

There are varying experiences of neglect but long term exposure to neglect or serious neglect have long lasting effect on children.  Therefore, we need to have a proportionate response dependant on the seriousness.  Our vision for Cumbria is that fewer children will experience neglectful care and will be raised in a loving family environment.

The CSCP will soon be providing multi-agency workshops on using the tools in the guidance (see Training or email

Further updates will also follow on this page and in the CSCP newsletter. If you would like to share your thoughts/feedback on the guidance, please email:


Recommended reading by the Policy and Procedures sub group. This small scale study by Horwath and Tarr (2015) explores planning and social work practice in cases of child neglect with a focus on conferences and core groups in England and Wales, looking at active cases of chronic neglect where a child was subject to a child protection plan for two years or more because of neglect, or was on a plan, taken off it and subject to a further plan within a two-year period. The Child as Object of Neglectthis external link will open in a new window



Resources & Information

Much evidence suggests that attachment relationships with a parent or carer are the foundation for a child’s experience of the world. This second edition briefing highlights emerging evidence on understanding and building attachment relationships pre-birth. It provides a fundamental grounding in attachment theory and different attachment behaviours, with a focus on identifying signs of parent-child interactions that may need further assessment. It also aims to build understanding of attachment and the appropriate application of the theory in direct work with children, young people and families. RiP Frontline Briefing Update 2016this external link will open in a new window (pdf)

CSCP Neglect Strategy 2023-2026


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