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Indicators of neglect

Children’s Center

This fact sheet lists warning signs of child neglect. Includes both physical and behavioral indicators for general neglect in children. Breaks down behavioral indicators of neglect for infants and toddlers, school age children, and adolescents. Lists possible indicators of neglectful parents, including drug or alcohol use, and exposing the child to violence, drug dealing or use, and unsafe persons. Also lists possible indicators of neglect in housing conditions, including medicine stored in reach of children and the presence of illegal drugs.