Working together to challenge neglect

Professionals and agencies that provide services to children and adults will be working together to challenge neglect, at a dedicated multi-agency conference.

Organised by Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board, as part of Safeguarding Awareness Week 2018, the conference will:

  • Discuss and explore the impact of childhood neglect.
  • Raise awareness of the concerns and ethical issues surrounding childhood obesity and neglect.
  • Provide an understanding of adolescent neglect, what are the causes and the consequences
  • Identify specific behavioural and physical characteristics that impact the oral health of children and the links with neglect.
  • Explore the different types of attachment, theoretical background and links with neglect.
  • Promote a multi-agency approach to working with and providing services for children in these circumstances.

The conference builds on the work of Barnsley’s ‘Neglect Matters,’ the dedicated strategy and associated training packages developed by Barnsley Council’s Safeguarding Children Board.

The Neglect Strategy is about keeping Barnsley’s children safe. It sets out what neglect is; the law; how neglect is defined; training and development for staff and professionals; what effective practice is and early intervention.

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Safeguarding) said: “Children and young people have a right to live in an environment where they are loved, feel valued and are cared for so that they can reach their potential and have aspirations. If children are not safe, they cannot be healthy, happy, achieve or reach their full potential.”

During the conference, Safeguarding Children experts, including Sue Woolmore, Independent Trainer; Tracey Race, Leeds Beckett University; Susannah Bowyer, Assistant Director Research In Practice; Rachael Nicol, Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry; and Dr Katharine Tidswell, Principal Clinical Psychologist, will provide valuable information and share their experiences regarding the impact of neglect, childhood obesity, adolescent neglect, childhood dental decay and the importance of good attachment.  

Helen Westerman, NSPCC Campaign Manager said: “The conference is part and parcel of the values behind the Barnsley Neglect Matters campaign, it is all about raising awareness of the destructive nature of neglect, how it can blight the lives of children and have long lasting impacts into adulthood.

“This conference and, indeed, the campaign underlines the determination of all the agencies in Barnsley to combat neglect. Child neglect is preventable, but we know, at the NSPCC, that this needs action from everyone – parents, communities, universal services and government, working together to help children thrive. 

“The NSPCC are here to help children and families affected by neglect and other forms of abuse get back on track.”

Adults with any issues or concerns about a child or young person can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000. Children and young people can call Childline on 0800 1111, or get help online at

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