Developing public health solutions for tackling child neglect in Scotland
Doctoral researcher Kate Kyriakou tells us about her work developing a public health model for the prevention of neglect.
My PhD focuses on the development of a model that aims to prevent child neglect. Neglect is one of the most common forms of child maltreatment and a frequent reason for children being taken into care. Research on neglect tells us that the best way to protect all children requires that we take action before actual neglect begins. Identifying what factors put a child at risk of neglect is therefore key to prevention.
The UNCRC asserts that every child has a right to be protected from neglect and to have their basic needs met. If Scotland is to meet its commitments under the UNCRC it must take seriously the prevention of neglect. Our present identification systems are not good at detecting neglect, or the factors that place children and young people at risk of neglect.
During my PhD I have spoken to three different groups, expert in different ways, to find out what they think an effective preventative model would look like. I’ve spoken to parents who…