Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child's basic needs. A child may be left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care.

A child may be put in danger or not protected from physical or emotional harm. They may not get the love, care and attention they need from their parents.

A child who's neglected will often suffer from other abuse as well. Neglect is dangerous and can cause serious, long-term damage - even death.

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Help and advice

Signs, symptoms and effects

Find out more about the signs, symptoms and effects of child neglect.
Learn what to look out for

Keeping children safe from neglect

How to help keep children safe from neglect
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Research and resources

Research, reports and resources about neglect.
See research and resources for neglect

If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, phone the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Children's stories

"I even felt lonely when mum and dad were in the house because mentally they were completely out of it."

Read Sophie's story

What we do about neglect

Evidence Based Decisions

Reviewing family situations to protect children at risk of harm.
Evidence Based Decisions service

Graded Care Profile

Assessing the care of children and identifying neglect.
Graded Care Profile service

Improving parenting, improving practice

Helping parents who are struggling to care for their children.
Improving parenting, improving practice service

SafeCare®

Encouraging, informing and promoting better parenting to protect young children from harm.
SafeCare® service

New Orleans Intervention Model

Reducing the risk of abuse or neglect by helping professionals assess if children should stay in care.
New Orleans Intervention Model service

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ChildLine

ChildLine is our free, confidential helpline for children and young people. Whenever children need us, ChildLine is there for them – by phone, email or live chat.

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ChildLine Schools Service

Our ground-breaking ChildLine Schools Service uses specially trained volunteers to talk to primary school children about abuse. 
ChildLine Schools Service

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