The chronic failure to provide a child with the basic necessities for his or her proper growth and development.

Child Indicators

  • Consistent hunger & poor hygiene.
  • Inappropriate dress.
  • Chronically unclean
  • Consistent lack of supervision.
  • Unattended physical / medical/dental needs.
  • Often tired or listless
  • Abandonment
  • Underweight
  • Developmental lags
  • Bald spots on an infant’s head
  • Begging or stealing food
  • Extended stays in school
  • Early arrival/late departures at school
  • Attendance at school infrequent
  • Substance abuser
  • States there is no parent or carer

Carer Indicators

  • Has diagnosed chaotic, upsetting home life
  • Is apathetic, feels nothing will change
  • Is isolated from friends, relatives, neighbours
  • Cannot be found
  • Expects too much of a child
  • Substance Abuser
  • Exposes child to unsafe living conditions