‘Disguised compliance’ is a term that can be attributed to Peter Reder, Sylvia Duncan and Moira Gray in ‘Beyond blame: child abuse tragedies revisited’ (1993). It involves a parent or carer giving the appearance of co- operating with agencies to avoid raising suspicions, to allay professional concerns and ultimately to diffuse professional intervention.
The persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment); protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger; ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.
Safeguarding children exposed to Domestic Violence and Abuse (DV&A) is important to the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Partnership , due to the risks posed to children living in an environment of DV&A and the impact this has on their safety and well-being. Domestic abuse is a crime and a major social problem affecting many families in the local area. It is a consistent feature of serious case reviews and is the most frequent contributory factor for children being made subject to a Child Protection Plan (CPP) in Greenwich.
A child can go missing at any time. In the vast majority of occasions, they return of their own accord, safe and well, but there is always the potential for children to come to serious harm while missing.
Going missing can be a symptom of an existing problem at school, at home or in a placement and also put children at increased risk of harm through being trafficked, sexually exploited and drawn into crime and gangs. It is essential that everyone involved with the child is prepared and knows what to do in the event that a child does go missing.