Safeguarding: Neglect


Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and / or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.


This course is intended for everyone who works with or has contact with children, young people and their families.

About this course

The course contains additional resource materials, useful links and a refresher guide.


This course will enable you to: 

  • Learn the definition of Neglect
  • Know who neglects children
  • Know the signs and symptoms of Neglect
  • Learn the points to consider where Neglect is suspected


    Here are a few topics covered in this course:

    Important Facts

  • Definition of Neglect
  • Cause of neglect
  • Examples of neglect
  • Vulnerable children
  • Signs of Neglect: Apathy
  • Signs of Neglect: Hygiene
  • Signs of Neglect: Hunger
  • Signs of emotional abuse: School
  • Signs from the abuser
  • Overall effects on children
  • Persistent Neglect
  • What can be done to tackle emotional abuse?