Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility. All children have the right to be safe and to be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect. Neglect can result when adults fail to meet the basic physical and /or emotional needs of the children they are responsible for.
All children and young people need food, clothing, warmth, love and attention, in order to grow and develop properly.
Neglect is when a parent or carer fails to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment), medical care, or protection from physical and emotional harm or danger. It also includes failure to ensure access to education or to look after a child because the carer is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In pregnancy neglect may occur as a result of misusing alcohol or drugs.