11: Neglect

Please note that this chapter was updated in April 2019 and has replaced the previous 2013 version. Copies of the 2013 version of this chapter are available on request from the PCO UK Team.

11.1.1. This chapter provides a guide to the recognition and assessment of all forms of neglect in children and young people, and should be read in conjunction Chapter 12, which addresses emotional abuse and emotional neglect under the heading of ‘psychological maltreatment’.
11.1.2. Neglect is defined as the persistent failure to meet a child's basic physical and/or psychological needs, which likely results in the serious impairment of the child's health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse (i.e. drug and/or alcohol abuse).
11.1.3. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:
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