Helm D & Daniel B (2013) Assessing Neglect. In: Calder M & Hackett S (eds.) Assessment in child care: Using and developing frameworks for practice. 2nd ed. Dorset: Russell House Publishing, pp. 51-62. http://www.russellhouse.co.uk/bookpages/9781905541850.htm
First paragraph: It is estimated that 10% of children in the UK are currently experiencing neglect (Gilbert et al., 2008). Across the UK almost half the children who are subject to child protection plans are registered due to neglect (Action for Children, 2010). Neglect is a dangerous and damaging form of maltreatment for children of all ages. The youngest children are vulnerable to the impact of neglect as development in the early years is very rapid and so much of this development is dependent on the quality of care giving. Children in adolescence are vulnerable because neglect creates weak foundations upon which to build later development. The cumulative nature of its impact can mean that developmental gaps get wider, not smaller, as children grow.