Child Neglect Essay

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Running head: CHILD NEGLECT Child Neglect Christina Tattered, under or oversized and unclean clothing, unwashed, uncombed hair, untreated illnesses, bruises, lacerations or cuts that are infected, and physical complaints not responded to by parents are just a few signs of child neglect. Neglect is the failure of a parent, guardian, or other caregiver to provide for a child’s basic needs. Neglect can be: physical (failure to provide food or shelter or lack of care), Medical (failure to provide necessary medical or mental health treatment), Educational (failure to educate a child or attend to special education needs), or Emotional (inattention to a child’s emotional needs, failure to provide psychological care, or permitting the child to use alcohol or other drugs). “What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for or not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born” this is a quote by Pearl Buck that addresses the primary reason for child neglect. Many people see neglect as a silent problem because neglect is passive and often characterized by depression and resignation. According to Walker (2008), “While newspapers and TV news shows regularly highlight stories of child physical and sexual abuse, the companion problem, child neglect, hardly gets a mention. Neglect, unless accompanied by pictures of squalor or emaciated kids, is much harder to capture in a headline or sound bites” (p. 1). Based on Walker’s views, child neglect tends to take the backseat in regards to physical and sexual abuse. In the article Walker (2008) goes on to say, “Neglect is the bigger problem. In 2005, almost 900,000 children were victims of maltreatment. More than half — 63 percent — were victims of neglect. Less than 12 percent of substantiated cases involved child sexual abuse. Further, while child abuse steadily declined from 1990 to 2005, the incidence of

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