Neglect is when there is a constant failure to meet the child's basic physical or psychological needs in a way that is likely to cause serious damage to the child's health or development. Neglect can include failing to provide a child with adequate food, shelter or clothing or failing to protect a child from harm or danger or failure to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.
Signs of neglect include:
i. The child frequently appearing hungry
ii. The child consistently appearing unkempt or inappropriately dressed for the weather or smelling
iii. Failure to seek medical attention
iv Failure to prevent accidental injury