Signs of Possible Neglect

Signs of Possible Neglect


  • Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
  • Is frequently absent from school/child care
  • Has not received help for physical/medical problems brought to parent/caregiver’s attention
  • Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes
  • Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen
  • Begs or steals food or money
  • Lacks adult supervision
  • Is consistently dirty and has severe body odor
  • Lacks sufficient clothing for the weather


  • Denies the existence of, or blames the child for, problems in school
  • Shows little concern for the child
  • Is abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Seems apathetic or depressed


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