Section 6 - Clothing & Equipment
Use these sections to consider what you have observed, heard and been told and reflect to help you identify any aspects in relation to neglect.
These pages should guide you in your decision making on what needs to happen next in order to best support a child(ren). If felt appropriate to do so, the Toolkit can also be used with families in their homes to assist their understanding around neglect.
If you are unsure about how to proceed, please seek advice from your line manager.
Clothing and AppearanceShow detailsKey:
GreenThe child has appropriate clothing for the weather including footwear.
Clothing may be handed down from siblings, but items are in good condition and clean.
The child has sufficient changes of clothes for different settings e.g., school and leisure.
AmberThe child’s clothing is regularly dirty, and the child presents as unkempt.
The child’s footwear is inadequate and ill- fitting causing the child to suffer pain.
The parent/carer does not provide clothes appropriate for the weather conditions.
The parent/carer do not provide a change of clothes leaving the child to wear the same clothes day and night
YellowThe parent/carer does not prioritise the needs of the child and clothing is not always clean.
The child’s clothing and/or footwear is not always suitable for the weather conditions.
RedThe parent/carer provides the child with clothing/footwear which is totally inadequate.
The parent/carer prioritise their own needs above those of the child.
The child is excluded from their peer group because of them being dirty and unkempt.
Provision of EquipmentShow detailsKey:
GreenThe child is well provided for.
The child has access to equipment and clothing required for school and leisure activities e.g.PE kit, swimwear.
AmberThe parent/carer often fails to provide equipment required for the child to attend school or leisure activities.
The child’s activities are significantly restricted due to them having no access to equipment which has a detrimental impact on their health and wellbeing.
YellowThe parent/carer provides only some of the equipment required for the child and this is not related to financial constraints.
The child is unable to take part in some school and leisure activities which has an impact on their wellbeing.
RedThe parent/carer refuses to provide the child with equipment they require resulting in the child being totally excluded from peer group activities.
The parent/carer shows no regard for the impact on the child and remains focused on their own needs.
Exclusion from all activities has a significant and negative impact on the child’s health and wellbeing.