When parents and caregivers engage in negligent treatment of a child, that is neglect. Neglect refers to both acts and omissions on the part of the responsible person. Severe neglect includes failing to protect a child from malnutrition or putting a child in a position where his health or person is endangered. Not providing adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical treatment or supervision fall in the category of general neglect.
A child with unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, a distended stomach, hoarding food or reporting no caretaker is home can be signs of neglect. It’s important to note that signs of abuse are not the only indicators in determining if abuse is present and signs of abuse do not mean a child is being abused and neglected.