Conceptualising and defining neglect
When seen from the perspective of the child, neglect is quite simply the experience of needs not being met, and for some children this simple fact can lead directly, or indirectly, to their deaths.
Risk factors and signs of neglect
Risk factors are “measureable characteristic[s] of an individual [or the community and society within which they reside] that heightens the probability of a worse outcome in the future” Although child neglect occurs across all genders...
Responding to child neglect
Neglect is a particularly challenging concept due to difficulties in definition, seemingly moveable thresholds for intervention and uncertainty about when a line has been crossed.
The impact of child neglect
Neglect can have serious and long lasting impacts across a child’s physical, emotional, social wellbeing across their lifespan. It is also important to recognise that neglect can be fatal.
Working with parents where neglect is an issue
Parents who neglect their children are often experiencing a range of stressors, which impact upon their capacity to care for their children. Parents may not be aware of how their behaviour effects their children’s lives. Your work should focus...
Understanding the lived experiences of neglected children
Neglect occurs when a parent or carer fails to act and does not meet the physical and emotional needs of their child.
Medical neglect is the failure to seek medical care to prevent, investigate or treat illness. Definitions of medical neglect can also include dental neglect; and the failure to treat psychological illness.
Under the microscope: the lived experience of neglectful families
Jan Horwath’s model for work with children and families where there is neglect Jan Horwath is an Emeritus Professor of Child Welfare in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. In this video, she discusses the...