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Conference gathers to raise awareness of child neglect

Representatives from local schools and other organisations who work with children and young people across the borough came together to learn more about how to tackle child neglect.

The event on 13 November, was organised by the Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) for Richmond and Kingston. Speakers included Dr Jenny Molloy, the author of ‘Hackney Child,’ a book based on true life events looking at the challenges a child encounters growing up in the care system.

Attendees also heard from a leading professor of social work from Kingston University, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, Ray Jones, educational psychologists and a virtual school headteacher. They took part in workshops to make sure that all were aware of how to spot neglect and how to combat it.

Chris Robson, Chair of the Richmond and Kingston LSCBs, said:

“Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and / or psychological needs. This can hugely impact the child’s health or future development.  

“This conference brought together experts from across the health, social care and education professions and offered practical and useful advice, which delegates can take away and put into practice in their own roles.”

The Richmond and Kingston LSCB is an independent statutory partnership with senior representatives from the Council, Police, Education, NHS, other statutory agencies, the voluntary sector and wider public. 

The Board is responsible for ensuring all agencies in the borough involved in safeguarding, work together effectively, monitor best policy and practice in safeguarding and ensure all agencies are fulfilling their duties and guarantee statutory guidance in relation to Serious Case Reviews. All with the joint purpose – ensuring local children and young people stay safe.

If you’re worried about a child, visit Gov report child abuse to get the number for your local authority. Or if you're worried about a child’s immediate safety, contact the police by dialling 999.