Reporting Neglected Children - Report October 2011
By Katy Kennedy - Corporate Fundraiser
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 loneliness, isolation, 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:
Parental mental health problems
Substance abuse, for example alcoholism
Parents with their own personal history of child neglect
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