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Raising awareness of neglect in Knowsley

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership is hosting a week of virtual events to raise awareness of neglect of children and young people.

Knowsley Neglect Awareness Week will take place between Monday 12 and Friday 16 April.

Child neglect is the most common form of abuse in the UK and the effect of neglect on children and young people is devastating.

The awareness week aims to:

  • Increase professional and public awareness of neglect and its impact
  • Ensure children, young people, families, professionals and the wider community are aware of the support available to them
  • Raise professionals’ knowledge of policies and procedures that will support them
  • Showcase good practice

Helen Meredith, Chief Nurse Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Children and young people are normally seen by lots of different adults every day, like neighbours, grandparents and teachers. Due to coronavirus, many are spending much more time at home and there are not as many opportunities for adults to spot the signs of abuse or neglect and help. Isolation can place children at a greater risk of neglect. This is can be compounded by increased economic challenges that families may be facing.

“The key to improving the lives of children & young people in Knowsley who may be experiencing Neglect is ensure that no opportunity is missed to respond to child neglect, and the Awareness Week aims to facilitate this.”

You can find out more about the activities taking place across the week here.