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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.

This includes:

  • 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