Types of Harm
Neglect is often one of the less understood forms of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual and neglect) and can be very hard to identify. Therefore, LGfL has created a range of resources, support and training to support schools with this challenging safeguarding area.
What does neglect look like?
Neglect is often characterised in a particular way, but it is important to remember that there are very distinct forms of neglect. It could be:
A young child who is not bathed or fed enough, living in cramped housing and sharing a bed with two other siblings
A 14-year-old with everything they could wish for materially and physically, but given little love, warmth or interaction from parents
A disabled child whose parent/carer doesn’t follow prescribed medical advice to meet their dietary requirements or who is very negative towards and about their child
A 9-year-old who is morbidly obese due to high calorie intake, where parent/carers do not follow the dietician’s advice to reduce the child’s weight