Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. 

It may involve a parent or carer failing to provide: 

  • adequate food, shelter and clothing; 
  • to protect a child from physical harm or danger; 
  • to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment or; 
  • to provide a child’s basic emotional needs.


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