Page setting out a definition of neglect and possible signs and symptoms.

This occurs when a child's essential needs are not met and this is likely to cause impairment to physical health and development. Such needs include food, clothing, cleanliness, shelter and warmth.  A lack of appropriate care results in persistent or severe exposure, through negligence, to circumstances which endanger the child. Physical neglect may also include a failure to secure appropriate medical treatment for the child, or when an adult carer persistently pursues or allows the child to follow a lifestyle inappropriate to the child's developmental needs or which jeopardises the child's health.

Scottish Government 1998

Indicators of physical neglect

The following indicators, singly or in combination, should alert workers to the possibility that the child may have been abused:

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