Child neglectChild neglect

Adolescents who have experienced neglect

Physical child neglect is when a caregiver fails to provide a child with sufficient supervision, nourishment or medical care, or to meet child's other basic needs when he or she is able to do so.

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Deliberate neglect reported to the police

Section 110 of the Children's Act (2005) requires that cases of deliberate child neglect should be reported to a designated child protection organisation, the provincial Department of Social Development or the police. In the absence of statistics from the Child Protection Register, we must rely on crime data which is likely to dramatically under-estimate the prevalence of neglect.

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