Child Neglect:

Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board have just released a new leaflet on Child Neglect: What it is, how to spot the signs and what to do next.

What is neglect?

Neglect is the most common form of child abuse. It is the ongoing failure to meet a child’s basic needs. It may include a child being left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care.

Spotting the signs of neglect:

  • A child always reporting to being hungry – stealing or hoarding food
  • Hygiene concerns, i.e matted hair, skin often dirty, poor body odour
  • A child who is always tired
  • Medical needs not being met – i.e not being taken to medical appointments on a repeat basis
  • Inappropriate clothing – ie inadequate clothing to keep warm in winter
  • A child saying they are left at home alone or concerns around poor supervision
  • Frequent illnesses and infections – medical advice not being sought
  • Regular absence or lateness from school
  • Poor home conditions
  • Living in dangerous conditions, e.g. around drugs, alcohol and/or violence
  • Failing to meet developmental milestones

Please see following leaflet for more information and what to do next: neglect leaflet