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Neglect

What is neglect?

Neglect is where the people who should be looking after you don’t look don’t look after you properly.

They don’t give you the things you need to be healthy and to grow and develop in the same way as other young people.

How do I know if I'm being neglected?

Your parents or carers should look after you properly and do all they can to help you grow up healthy in a safe environment.


You should have:

  • Clean, warm clothes that are right for the time of year 
  • Enough to eat and drink
  • Protection and advice to keep you away from dangerous situations
  • Somewhere warm and comfortable to sleep
  • Help when you're are ill or you've been hurt
  • Love and affection
  • Support with getting your education – including making sure you get to school in time.

Being looked after properly also means that you are not:

  • Left on your own for a long time
  • Given too much responsibility for looking after other people in your family, without any help from an adult.

Every young person has the right to be well looked after. A routine is very important. The people who look after you should make sure you get up for school, have proper meal times and that you have a reasonable bedtime.

But it’s not always like that. A lot of young people live in families where adults might drink too much or take drugs. This might mean that they are not well enough to look after you properly and can make life very hard.

Some young people also have to take over jobs which adults would normally do like:

  • Washing clothes
  • Cooking
  • Looking after younger brothers or sisters.

All these things can make it hard for young people to get to school on time, to go every day and to do well.

If you are worried about yourself or someone you know you should speak to an adult you trust. You can also call:


Childline on 0800 1111
Police Scotland on 101
Social Work on 0300 300 1199 (and 0800 811 505 after 5pm)
NSPCC Helpline on 0800 800 5000


What if I’m looking after my mum or dad?

Being a young carer does not necessarily mean that you are being neglected. However, it is important that they you get support need to cope with the extra responsibilities if you need it.

If you are worried you should speak to an adult you trust. For more information about the support available to young carers visit http://www.renfrewshirecarers.org.uk/. You can also contact Renfrewshire Carers Centre on 0141 887 3643.


I’m too embarrassed to tell people I’m being neglected

Being neglected can make life difficult for you in lots of ways. You might find it hard to keep yourself or your clothes clean. You might find that you are always hungry or tired, or that you never have any money.
You might not want to tell other people because you are worried about what they will think, but it is really important to remember that this is not your fault.
If you think you may be being neglected you should speak to an adult you trust.

You can also call:

Childline on 0800 1111
Police Scotland on 101
Social Work on 0300 300 1199 (and 0800 811 505 after 5pm)
NSPCC Helpline on 0800 800 5000


Will my parents, or the people who look after me, get into trouble if I tell someone I’m being neglected?

There can be lots of different reasons why the people who look after you might be neglecting you. They might be doing their best but just don’t have enough money. Maybe they have a problem with drink or drugs, or are worried and not coping. Whatever the reason is, it’s still your parents’ job to make sure you are properly looked after.


There are people who can help your parents, or the people who look after you, with whatever problems they are having, and it’s important that they get the help they need.

 

Who to Call

If you are unhappy or worried about something speak to your teacher or an adult that you trust.

  • ChildLine0800 1111
  • Police Scotland101
  • Social Work0300 300 1199
  • Social Work (Out Of Hours)0300 343 1505
  • NSPCC Helpline0800 800 5000