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Knowing the signs of neglect

Neglect can be difficult to identify. Any of the following signs might be a cause for concern, but on their own they don’t necessarily mean that a child is being neglected. If you notice multiple signs that go on for a while, then it’s important to take action:

  • Regularly playing outside late at night
  • Poor appearance or hygiene
  • Always hungry
  • Frequently unwell
  • Regularly not at school
  • Missed medical appointments
  • Left home alone a lot
  • Inappropriate clothing, such as lack of winter coat or shoes
  • Repeated accidental injuries due to lack of supervision

What to do if you have concerns about a child

Phone NSPCC helpline 

0808 80 5000.

Phone Social Care Direct

0131 200 2324.

If you think a child is in immediate danger phone