Supporting Neglected Children

by Action for Children
Nov 2, 2011

Reporting Neglected Children - Report October 2011

A few facts about Neglect

Child neglect is an ongoing failure to provide the right care and attention to a child's needs, including enough food, clean clothes, safety and security, warmth and love. Here are some facts about neglect in the UK:


  • Serious neglect can kill
  • In the UK, neglect is the most common form of child abuse
  • 1/3 of police and social workers feel "powerless" to stop it
  • 1 million neglected children have parents who were also victims of childhood neglect
  • Neglect can lead to lonelinessisolation, low self-esteem and poor health

The signs of neglect

Neglect can sometimes have obvious signs, though often it can take years for emotional and psychological symptoms to become apparent. These are a few signs which could indicate a child is being neglected:

  • A child (under 16) who regularly has to look after themselves alone
  • Regularly not having clean clothes to wear or enough to eat
  • A lack of medical or dental attention
  • Living in dangerous conditions, for example around drugs
  • A child who exhibits anger, anti-social behaviour, aggression or self harm

Why does it happen?

It is often not easy to pinpoint one specific reason why child neglect happens, but  there are some more common problems among adult carers that are associated with neglect of children. These include:

  • Domestic violence
  • Parental mental health problems
  • Substance abuse, for example alcoholism
  • Parents with their own personal history of child neglect

Your donations are being used across our projects, helping us tackle child neglect and make the lives of the children and young people that we work with, better.


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Action for Children

Location: Watford - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Shurron Phull
London, London United Kingdom

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