2015 and 2018 and funded by Welsh Government through
Health and Care Research Wales. The study was carried out in three regions in Wales (urban, rural and Valleys authority). The regions were selected on three criteria: (i) geographic location, (ii) either a low or high rate of child neglect registrations, and (iii) either a low, average or high rate of deprivation in Wales.
The mixed method study comprised of two phases:
Phase 1, statistical case file analysis of children’s social
work records [case files were selected upon the following
principles: (i) the child was of school age, (ii) the school
made the initial referral to the local authority, and (iii) the
child was placed on the child protection register under the
category of neglect at the initial child protection conference].
Phase 2, 30 interviews with staff in six mainstream schools
(including strategic, specialist, teaching, and non-teaching