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NSPCC Child Neglect
NSPCC Child Neglect
Charlotte Betteridge.

“More people than ever are contacting the NSPCC about child neglect,” said Dr Ruth Gardner, head of the charity’s neglect programme. “Some of this will be down to the public being more willing to speak out – and this can only be a positive thing – but there is clearly a worrying trend, not just in figures, but from a range of agencies and bodies. More research is needed on why this sharp increase has occurred.”            

What is neglect?
Neglect is the failure to provide necessary care, assistance, guidance or attention that causes, or is reasonably likely to cause the person physical, mental or emotional harm or substantial damage to or loss of assets.   Some people have a legal or social responsibility to care for and support an adult who is unable to meet those needs himself or herself. "Neglect" occurs when the other person fails to live up to that responsibility.
Neglect has two forms.
  * Active neglect which is the intentional withholding basic necessities of life (including care).
  * Passive neglect is not providing basic necessities of life because of lack of experience, information, or ability.
Neglect includes denying the person any of the things that are essential to life, such as food, water, medications, medical treatment, therapy, nursing services, therapeutic and equipment aids, clothing, visits from people important to the older person, and rights.   Justice Canada includes these as some examples of neglect. (3) Failing to provide:
  * Adequate nutrition, clothing and other necessities
  * Adequate personal care, e.g. failing to turn a bedridden older adult frequently
  * Safe and comfortable conditions
  * A clean environment
  * Prerequisites for personal cleanliness
  * Sufficient bathroom space for privacy
  * Sufficient space for personal privacy
  * Transportation to necessary appointments
  * (At least occasional) outings....