BC: Child neglect statistics reflect that low income increases the likelihood of maltreatment and neglect. Poor people typically spend their energies trying to cope with little available funds, and often, inadequate or sub-standard living accommodations. They tend to cluster in poor neighbourhoods with high need and very limited resources.
FC: Child Neglect
1: Children who suffer from neglect face a number of immediate and long term consequences. They are likely to experience delayed physical and mental growth, endure language defi cits, and suffer from neurological impairments. They will likely exhibit behavioral problems and poor social skills, suffer from low academic achievement, experience extended poverty or unemployment, and face chronic illnesses or early death.
2: Neglect referrals have increased over time. Families referred for neglect have greater re-referral and recurrence rates compared to those referred for physical or sexual abuse. Neglect referrals are more likely to receive a low risk tag at intake compared to physical and sexual abuse. Physical neglect referrals are more likely to have had prior referrals.
3: Caretaker and Child Risk Factors for Neglect Poor household management skills. Domestic violence. Caregiver depression or anxiety. Poor parent-child attachment. Poor parenting skills. Caretaker problem solving defi cits. Child learning disabilities.
4: While no single factor predicts or predisposes someone to neglect, research highlights a number of known risk factors associated with child neglect. Generally, intervening with child neglect should be seen as an interactive process involving the characteristics of the family within the socio-economic contexts in which they live. Research on effective interventions for neglecting families indicates that multi-problem, chronic neglect families require multi-service models of intervention.
5: Child neglect is generally characterized by omissions in care resulting in significant harm or risk of significant harm. Neglect is frequently defined in terms of a failure to provide for the child's basic needs, such as of adequate food, clothing, shelter, supervision, or medical care.