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Unit 2 moves participants’ thinking from recognising indicators of neglect to examining the impact of neglect on individual pupils.

It will help staff to understand both the short- and longer-term effects of neglect on a child, particularly in relation to their behaviour and development.

A case study gives staff the opportunity to consider family characteristics and the relationship between neglect and challenging behaviour.

Importantly, the unit explores realistic responses that the school can offer.

Aims and outcomes

  • Examine the adverse effects of neglect.
  • Learn about the effects of neglect on brain development and cognition.
  • Understand the links between neglect and behaviour.

Unit contents

  • Introduction
  • Activity guide – Issues and impact
  • Further discussion

Unit content

Unit 2: The impact of neglect on children’s health, development and education