The legal defintion of child abuse and neglect is:
"The term 'child abuse and neglect' means, at a minimum, any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm"
Child neglect is a key issue in our society effecting young people and particularly children. In many cases young people are either emotionally, financially or socially vulnerable and are unable provide adequate for themsleves so they are dependant on their parents/care givers, this makes them disadvantaged as they are unable to protect themselves and therefore makes them disadvantaged.
The legislation (Children (Care and Protection) Act 1987)(NSW) and the government agancy responsible, (DOCS) are constanly under public scrutinty and are a major focus of media attention.
With the media coverage of every specific incidnent, comes the public outcry fo rmore funds to be provided to DOCS as well as providing a more effective legilslation
Children are more physically and emotionally vulnerable than others to abusive and neglectful behaviour. They are dependant on their parents/care givers, this makes them disadvantaged as they are unable to protect themselves. Child neglect is a form of child abuse that is commonly overlooked because its symptons are not as obvious as those of physical and psychological abuse.
Unlike other forms of abuse, it is an act of omission by a caregiver which jeopardises the child's development. Child neglect occurs across all socioeconomic, religious and ethnic groups. Child neglect occurs when the basic needs of the child are not met. A child who is neglected may be at risk of injury or harm owing to inadequate supervision. They may also be...