Signs of Child Neglect

Child neglect is another type of child abuse. It is a pattern of failing to provide for a child's basic needs, such as food, clothing, hygiene or supervision.



Here are warning signs that a child may be neglected:


To get help or report abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 4-A-CHILD/(800) 422-4453.


You can also call the Department of Social Services office where the child resides and make a report. Trained staff will assess the information to determine if it meets screening criteria for investigation. Reports can also be made to local law enforcement offices who will communicate to DSS to coordinate an investigation.