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What’s the opposite of neglect?
We need to be supported in different areas of our life when growing up. This is usually the job of our parent or caregiver. But it may also include our extended family, school and community.
Physical – shelter, food, clothing, hygiene, sleep
Security – consistent care, appropriate boundaries
Affection – cuddles, kisses, holding, tenderness, patience
Stimulation – encouragement, praise, play, games
Guidance – teaching life lessons, instilling values
Independence – balancing protection and exploring
Responsibility – appropriate chores, involved in decisions
Approval – understanding and acceptance
What are the signs of neglect?
Here are some signs that may indicate neglect:
Extremely dirty, unwashed or have body odour
May steal or beg for food, clothing or money
Inadequate, worn out or dirty clothing
Living in unhygienic or unsafe conditions
Often hungry, without food or malnourished
Untreated injuries, illness or physical conditions
Is home alone for long periods without supervision
Parent/carer is abusing alcohol or other substances
Parent/carer may appear indifferent toward to the child
Is frequently absent from school or doesn’t attend at all
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