Their report outlines that all children and young people have the right to be protected from abuse and exploitation and to have their health and welfare safeguarded but they found serious shortcomings in the ability of local areas to identify those at risk of harm.
The report ‘Not seen, not heard’ looks at how effectively health services provide early help to children in need, how they identify and protect children at risk of harm and looked-after children’s health and wellbeing. It reviews findings from 50 inspections across England as well as specific focus groups.
The report concludes that health professionals have improved how they assess risk and recognise safeguarding concerns, but services are not protecting and promoting children’s health and welfare consistently. More needs to be done to listen to and involve children in need in their care.