Chronic Child Neglect


Chronic child neglect occurs when a caregiver repeatedly fails to meet a child’s basic physical, developmental, and/or emotional needs, establishing a harmful pattern with long-term negative consequences for health and well-being. This bulletin outlines how child welfare professionals can identify and understand chronic neglect and explores the important role of casework and community partnerships in strengthening families and their ability to provide safe care for children. It describes prevention efforts and early interventions to prevent and moderate the harmful effects of chronic neglect, outlines information on training and evidence-informed interventions, and provides State and local examples of ongoing work to address chronic neglect.

Publisher: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Published: 2019 (13 pages)