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1 Diploma In Child Protection Studies Block Two 1

2 Neglect 2

3 Neglect Is. any act or omission that results in impaired physical functioning, injury, and/or development of a child or young person

4 Types Of Neglect Physical Neglect Neglectful Supervision Medical Neglect Abandonment Refusal to assume parental responsibility Emotional Neglect Educational Neglect

5 Physical Neglect Failure to provide for the child s basic physical needs, including adequate shelter, clothing, nutrition or hygiene. The child may be consistently hungry, malnourished, dressed inappropriately, or have poor hygiene. Mardini, J; Preventing child neglect in NZ, OCC, July 2010 Child 5Matters

6 Psychological / Emotional Neglect Inattentiveness to the child s emotional needs and wellbeing. Inadequate provision of opportunities for cognitive development. The child may be developmentally delayed, lack parental attachment, have a habit disorder, show extremes of passive / aggressive behaviour or destructive antisocial behaviour. Mardini, J; Preventing child neglect in NZ, OCC, July 2010 Child 6Matters

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8 Medical / Dental Neglect Refusal or delay in providing access to healthcare for injuries, health, vision or dental problems. Mardini, J; Preventing child neglect in NZ, OCC, July 2010

9 Abandonment. Supervisory Neglect Failure to protect from harm or danger, e.g. through inadequate supervision, exposure to household hazards, and failure to protect from maltreatment perpetrated by another caregiver.mardini, J; Preventing child neglect in NZ, OCC, July 2010 Child 9Matters

10 Community Neglect Neighbourhood failure to supervise and help children and their parents, e.g.: availability of child care services, low cost housing, and schools that fail to have stable and involved staff for children. Mardini, J; Preventing child neglect in NZ, OCC, July 2010 Child 10Matters

11 Societal or Collective Neglect A culture that fails to provide adequate food, shelter, housing, child care and education to all children and fails to protect them from danger. Polonko, 2006 Child 11Matters

12 Indicators within the child - Neglect Severe, non-organic failure to thrive Stealing, hoarding food, hunger Withdrawal from and mistrust of adults Anger and aggressive behaviour Delayed development poor learning skills Apathy and withdrawal, unsmiling Irritability Anti social behavior Poor health and/or frequent A&E attendance Poor hygiene or poor skin care Eating disorder

13 Indicators within caregivers - Neglect Emotional Neglect: Lack of touch Lack of positive input Lack of talking to, touching and attention Lack of affection Lack of communication Child 13Matters

14 Associated Factors Drug and alcohol abuse Mental health issues Family violence

15 Adverse outcomes related Lower IQ, poorer cognitive development and academic achievement Lower self-esteem Psychopathology and character disorders Substance abuse to Child Neglect MENTAL DEVELOPMENT & MENTAL HEALTH Risk taking behaviours

16 Adverse outcomes related to Child Neglect PHYSICAL HEALTH Poor physical health Diminished birth weight Failure to thrive, obesity Accidental injuries Teen pregnancy Death

17 Adverse outcomes related to Child Neglect SOCIAL HEALTH Aggression, delinquency and arrests for violent crime Maltreatment of children, primarily in the form of neglect

18 There is evidence that neglect features in a large proportion of cases where children are at greatest risk of serious or fatal harm. Neglect and emotional abuse often interact with long term serious family dysfunction, in ways that prove extremely difficult for professionals to recognise, understand and address effectively, at least prior to crisis and tragedy. (Islington ACPC, 1995; Laming, 2003; Sinclair and Bullock 2002: Brandon et al 2002) 18

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