Parental neglect among affluent families

The BBC reports that Goldsmiths University has published findings from research looking at the issues that arise for social workers around discovering and confronting parental neglect in affluent families. Findings from a literature review and evidence and experiences from social workers working in 12 local authorities across England indicate that: the majority of the cases described by social workers concerned emotional neglect, although other forms of maltreatment, such as sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation and emotional abuse, were also identified; and that highly resistant parents were more likely to use legal advocates or the complaints procedures to challenge social workers.

Source: BBC Date: 14 May 2018

Further information: An exploration of how social workers engage neglectful parents from affluent backgrounds in the child protection system (PDF)

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