11.1.1 Neglect is the persistent failure to meet the child’s basic physical or psychological needs, that is likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. This may or may not be deliberate. There are differences in how parents and carers choose to raise their children. However, failure to recognise and respond to a child’s needs may constitute neglect 382.
11.1.2 Neglect is the most common form of maltreatment and the most common reason for a Child Protection Plan 383. Some experts assert that neglect is the central feature of all child maltreatment 384.
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