Neglected Child

A neglected child is an individual aged 17 years and below or 18 and above with a physical or mental disability (a condition which makes it significantly hard for the individual to live independently) who is not receiving sufficient physical, medical, supervision, emotional, and/or educational support from his or her primary caregivers. A child who is physically neglected is not provided with proper hygiene, nutrition, clothing, and shelter. Medical neglect occurs when recommended treatment is often denied or delayed. Inadequate supervision happens when the child is left with inefficient caregivers or is left home alone. Emotional neglect is experienced when the child does not receive enough affection or is being exposed to domestic violence or substance abuse. A child goes through educational neglect when he/she is allowed to persistently skip school, is not being enrolled, or is being ignored regarding his/her special education needs.

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