What Is Neglect?

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet your basic and essential needs.
 
You need adequate food, water, shelter, warmth, protection and health care and you need your parents and carers to be attentive, dependable and kind.


 
If you are worried or unsure that you or a friend may be suffering neglect or abuse, please contact

Hants Direct on 0300 300 0117
Being looked after properly means that you feel confident that you will have access to things when you need them:
  • Clean, warm clothes and shoes
  • Enough to eat and drink
  • Protection and guidance to keep you away from dangerous situations
  • Somewhere warm and comfortable to sleep
  • Help when you are ill or you’ve been hurt
  • Comfort and affection
  • Support with getting your education
 
The websites below contain information and guidance for children and young people
 

Childline
 
NSPCC
Neglect is the opposite and is when you aren’t being looked after properly.
  • You may be left alone for a long time
  • You may be given too much responsibility for looking after other people
  • You may not be taken to the doctor when you are unwell
  • You may be left with people who you do not feel safe with
  • When you don’t get any support from an adult
  • When you don’t have enough food to eat
  • When you don’t have clothes to keep you warm
  • When you don’t have somewhere to stay
 
If the people who are supposed to look after you don’t give you the things you need or make it hard for you to take care of yourself, then this is neglect. It can make you feel unloved or unimportant.
 
As a young person you have the right to be well looked after but sometimes parents and carers are not able to manage this by themselves. There are lots of reasons why your parent or carer might be neglecting you. They might be doing their best but just don’t have enough money. Maybe they have a problem with alcohol or drugs, or are just having problems with their mental health. Whatever the reason is, it is still your parents or carers job to make sure you are properly looked after.

If you think you are being neglected you should talk to someone you trust such as a teacher so you and your parents or carers can get the help they need. No matter what problems your parents are having, there will be someone who can help.

You can also call Childline on 0800 1111 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 if you would like to talk to someone about what is happening. You don’t have to give your name and the calls are free. They will listen and talk to you and help you to decide what to do next.
 
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