Signs of neglect - children with additional needs

Torn teddy bear on ground

Neglect can be difficult to spot. Having one of the signs doesn't necessarily mean a child is being neglected. But if you notice multiple signs that last for a while, they might show there's a serious problem.

The signs of neglect information below identifies some of the signs you may see that identify a child is being neglected. It also suggests some things to look out for in children with additional needs. 

Poor appearance and hygiene SHOW

Health and development problems SHOW

Housing and family issues SHOW

Change in behaviour SHOW

Effects of neglect

Neglect changes childhood. Children who've been neglected might experience short-term and long-term effects. These can include:

  • Problems with brain development
  • Taking risks, like running away from home, using drugs and alcohol or breaking the law
  • Getting into dangerous relationships
  • Difficulty with relationships later in life, including with their own children
  • A higher chance of having mental health problems, including depression

Please visit the NSPCC website for further information.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary
NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Southampton City Council