Child neglect is the most frequent form of child abuse and is the most common reason for taking child protection action.
Do not think ‘it’s none of my business’. If you have concerns, be curious. Ask yourself ‘does a child or young person’s behaviour, appearance or living situation worry you?’ If it does, then tell someone. It might make the difference between a child or young person being safe or at risk of harm.
Visit: dorsetlscb.co.uk/child-neglect for more information and support and follow #ActOnNeglect on twitter.
What is Child Neglect?
Neglect is the on-going failure to meet a child’s basic needs including;
- food, clothing and shelter;
- a safe place to live;
- love, care and attention;
- education, health or dental care.
Spot the signs. Neglected children and young people may:
- be left hungry or dirty
- be left without adequate clothing, e.g. not having a winter coat
- be living in dangerous conditions, e.g. around drugs, alcohol or violence
- be living in a home that is indisputably dirty or unsafe
- be withdrawn or often be angry, aggressive or self-harm
- fail to receive basic health and/or dental care
- fail to receive medical treatment when they are ill or injured
Have you noticed signs or have any concerns?
If you are concerned about a child or young person tell someone who works with the child or young person such as a teacher, support worker or medical professional, or contact your local children’s social care services:
Dorset Police: dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/ or call 101. If you believe a child is in immediate