NSPCC’s Royal patron HRH The Countess of Wessex and Dame Esther Rantzen have recognised the hard work of local authority staff who have helped roll out an innovative tool known as Graded Care Profile 2.

Adapted by NSPCC, it helps professionals spot the signs of child neglect.

Neglect is one of the most dangerous forms of abuse, and can have serious and long-lasting effects for children and their families; it is also one of the most common reasons for calls to the NSPCC.

In 2017/18 the national NSPCC Helpline handled nearly 20,000 calls about child neglect. Many of these calls were so serious that they led to 1,458 referrals to external agencies, including the police and local authorities, in London alone.

This tool has been successfully adopted by the NSPCC to identify and assess neglect and is designed for children’s social care practitioners, including social workers, health visitors, teachers.

19 local authority areas who have adopted this tool from the NSPCC came together at Harrods London offices, for the ‘Community of Practice’ event along with key staff from the NSPCC and the original author for the tool, Dr Prakash Srivastava.

The event recognised and celebrated the excellent practice delivered across the UK on a daily basis to reduce the population of neglected children.

Sam Kyriacou, NSPCC Implementation Manager of the GCP2 said:

“Thank you to everyone who attended this special event. It was great for so many professionals to come together and share best practice on this vitally important tool.

“I’d also like to take the opportunity to say well done to the award winners, who have clearly gone above and beyond in helping children and their families using GCP2”

The event also enabled NSPCC and other organisations to recognise outstanding practice in using GCP2 through the annual ‘GCP2 Elephant Practitioner Awards’, where The Countess of Wessex awarded the winners with a certificate on stage.

Addressing the practitioners in the room, HRH The Countess of Wessex said:

“Without you, this amazing tool would not be delivered to as many people as we want it to be.

“I understand how very hard it must be to deliver the care you do, you’re right at the front line and you’re probably under the radar. So the daily work that you do goes often to the general public as completely unnoticed yet you’re working really hard, often in extremely difficult circumstances.

“I thank you on behalf of the families and the young people you care for on a daily basis.”

Neglect happens when parents and carers can’t or won’t meet a child’s needs. Sometimes this is because they don’t have the skills or support needed, and sometimes it is due to other problems such as mental health issues, drug and alcohol problems or poverty.

It can happen in many forms, making it difficult to identify, measure and effectively monitor.

Adults concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline seven days a week on 0808 800 5000, or email help@nspcc.org.uk