Neglect is when a parent or caregiver ignores a child’s physical or emotional needs, which results in harm or injury.
Neglect is typically defined by a pattern of poor care that is marked by a lack of action by a parent or caregiver.
Neglect covers a wide range of situations, including not providing a child with proper supervision, food, housing, medications or necessary personal items. Neglect can impact a child at any age.
Emotional signs and physical symptoms of neglect often go hand in hand, but will differ between age groups and situations. Neglect can have immediate and lasting symptoms, including: