Child neglect is defined as any confirmed or suspected egregious act or omission by a parent or other caregiver that deprives a child of basic age-appropriate needs and thereby results, or has reasonable potential to result, in physical or psychological harm. Younger children are neglected most, and more girls suffer from neglect than boys.
Child neglect includes:
- Lack of appropriate supervision
- Failure to attend to necessary emotional or psychological needs
- Failure to provide necessary education, medical care, nourishment, shelter, and/or clothing.
Neglect is commonly identified by individuals in close contact with a child, such as a school teacher, athletics coach, tutor, nurse, another parent, or even the child’s friends.
Child neglect can have life-long consequences, including:
- Delayed Development
- Behavioral Disorders
- Mental Disorders
All children require sufficient attention and care, as mandated by law. Failure to provide a sufficient level of care, whether you are a parent, or a caregiver, can result in very serious legal consequences.