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What’s the opposite of neglect?
We need to be supported in different areas of our life when growing up. This is usually the job of our parent or caregiver. But it may also include our extended family, school and community.
Physical – shelter, food, clothing, hygiene, sleep
Security – a safe place to live, someone to take care of you
Affection – cuddles, kisses, hugs, warmth
Responsibility – being included in decisions
Guidance – teaching life lessons, instilling values
Independence – exploring the world in a safe way
Stimulation – praise, play, games, having fun
Approval – understanding and acceptance
What are the signs of neglect?
Here are some signs that may mean a young person is being neglected:
Often hungry and without enough food to eat
Not enough clothes; worn out or dirty clothes
Very dirty, unwashed or have body odour
Untreated injuries, illnesses or infections
Is frequently absent from school or doesn’t attend at all
Is left alone for long periods without supervision
Living in very dirty or unsafe conditions
May steal or beg for food, clothing or money
Being ignored or rejected by parent or carer
Parent or carer is abusing alcohol or drugs
There are people you can talk to
Here’s a list of some people you could try talking to. Remember, if at first you don’t get help, keep trying until you find somebody who will help you.
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