Neglect toolkit - signs of neglect

A crying child

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. Children and young people who are neglected might have:

Poor appearance and hygiene SHOW

Health and development problems SHOW

Housing and family issues SHOW

Change in behaviour SHOW

Effects of neglect SHOW


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