Four Types Of Child Neglect

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Have you ever thought what it must be like to, not only be abused or neglected by your parents, but also to be taken away from them and separated from your entire family? Well, this is normal life for more than 463,000 children who currently live in foster care (www.childrenunitingnations.org). These children not only get separated from their parents, but they also get separated from their siblings and other close relatives. Most of the time, these children have no idea what was going on, and don’t understand that what their parents had done to them was wrong because it’s the only thing they’ve ever known. Now, imagine what must go through their little minds as they think of never seeing their parents ever again, they must feel hurt and scared. …show more content…
Neglect is the failure of a caregiver or parent to meet the needs of a child even though they are financially able to, or are being helped financially. The way most cases of neglect get reported is because the child sees daycare personnel, close relatives, neighbors, or even nurses that notice the signs of child neglect; poor hygiene, missing school often, or even gaining weight on an unhealthy level. Frequently the cases that get reported are for children that are infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (“Child Neglect”). There are four main types of neglect. First of all, there is physical neglect. Physical neglect is what most people may think of when they hear the word neglect. It is when a parent fails to provide the child with basic needs like food, shelter, clothing, or even good hygiene. Physical neglect also includes abandoning the child or leaving the child without proper supervision. A child’s future can easily be effected by physical neglect because they can contract serious illnesses, they suffer greatly from malnutrition, and they will most likely suffer a lifetime of low self-esteem. Educational neglect is the failure of a parent to register and let their child attend school even though they are of the right age. The child is consistently considered truant which can lead to the child not being able to acquire and learn basic life skills, develop disruption issues, or even drop out of school. The third type of neglect is …show more content…
Severe harm means substantial immobilizing impairment; life-threatening damage; or significant or acute injury to a child’s physical, sexual, psychological, or mental development or functioning.” She stated that the two biggest types of threat of harm, experienced in the state of Oregon, are threat of harm sexual abuse and threat of harm domestic violence. An example of threat of harm sex abuse is when a registered sex offender is living in the home with children. When the state social service program receives this type of report their job is to determine if that person’s history and present circumstances place those children at the risk of severe harm. An example of threat of harm domestic violence is when a father is abusive to the mother in the presence of children. They could be placed at severe harm by being accidentally hurt during the fighting, hurt on purpose to control the mother, or emotionally damaged from the trauma of witnessing their mother being hurt. When the state receives this type of report, their job is to attempt to work cooperatively with the mother to help her keep her kids safe while holding the father accountable for his behaviors. The most common type of threat of harm is domestic violence;

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