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Neglect is when a child or young person's basic needs are persistently not being met by their parent or guardian.

These basic needs include:

  • Adequate food, clothing and shelter
  • Protection from physical and emotional harm or danger
  • Adequate supervision (including not being left at home alone)
  • Access to appropriate medical care including dental treatment

Signs and symptoms of neglect in children can include:

  • Constant hunger or tiredness
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Poor condition and cleanliness of clothing
  • Untreated medical problems
  • No social relationships