Child neglect is the most common type of child maltreatment. Unfortunately, neglect
frequently goes unreported and, historically, has not been acknowledged or publicized
as greatly as child abuse. Even professionals often have given less attention to
child neglect than to abuse. One study found that caseworkers indicated that they
were least likely to substantiate referrals for neglect. In some respects, it is
understandable why violence against children has commanded more attention than neglect.
Abuse often leaves visible bruises and scars, whereas the signs of neglect tend
to be less visible. However, the effects of neglect can be just as detrimental.
In fact, some studies have shown that neglect may be more detrimental to children's
early brain development than physical or sexual abuse. (Source: US Dept. of Health and Human Services publication.)
Educate yourself about the different types of child neglect.
Learn to recognize the signs of possible neglect.
The material on this page is drawn from the extensive US Government’s Child Welfare Information Gateway