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What is neglect?
Neglect is when someone’s basic needs are not met by the people that are responsible for caring for them.
- Not giving them enough food, shelter, or warmth
- Things like clothes and bedding and the house, are dirty or smelly
- Not taking them to the doctor, giving them medicine or helping them to feel better
- Leaving them alone without anyone to take of them
- Leaving them with someone who doesn’t look after them well or isn’t old enough to look after them
What can I do if I or someone I know is being neglected? Contact a trained professional or a trusted adult:
- Your school: a teacher, counsellor, nurse or coach at your school
- Your youth group leader
- Your doctor
- Youthline: Call 0800 37 66 33 or free TXT 234
- A police officer
- A youth worker
- A social worker
- If you are under 17 and may not be safe at home, contact Child, Youth and Family on 0508 326 459