Child neglect refers to the failure by the parent, guardian, or caregiver to provide needed, age-appropriate care even though financially able to do so.
Neglect is usually ongoing inadequate care that can be observed by individuals in close contact with the child, such as physicians, day care personnel, relatives, or neighbors. Most will get involved and report suspected neglect to the authorities. Once the child is in school, personnel often notice indicators of child neglect such as poor hygiene, not enough weight gain for their age, inadequate medical care, or frequent absences from school.
According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, more than 800,000 children in the United States were victims of abuse and neglect in a given year. Neglect comes in several different forms, including:
Physical neglect – the parent does not provide the child with basic
necessities, such as adequate food, clothing and shelter. It can also
include child abandonment, inadequate supervision, rejection of a child,
and failure to provide adequate safety, physical, and emotional needs.
Physical neglect can severely impact a child’s development by causing failure to thrive, malnutrition, cuts, bruises, burns, serious illness, and a lack of low self-esteem
Emotional neglect – when a parent engages in chronic spousal abuse
in the child’s presence. It includes allowing the child to use drugs
or alcohol, belittling the child, and withholding all types of
affection and love. In addition, the child’s needs are totally ignored and at times the child is even threatened with severe punishment.
- Medical neglect – the failure to provide appropriate health care – placing the child at risk of being seriously ill, disabled, or even dying.
If you suspect child neglect or child abuse is happening to your child or someone you know, you are required by law to report it to the local child protective services agency in your county.
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