Each province and territory has unique legislation defining and describing responses to neglect. Assessing neglect requires a consideration of poverty and other family and community factors. Neglect includes the failure of a parent or guardian to provide a child’s basic needs such as for food, education, healthcare or supervision.

For more information, review the information sheet on the causes, consequences, and factors associated with child neglect and the information sheet on child neglect prevention and intervention.

Title Authorssort icon Year Type of Publication
Supervisory neglect and risk of harm. Evidence from the Canadian child welfare system.
Ruiz-Casares, Mónica
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
2012 Journal article
Évolution des familles négligentes : chronicité et typologie. Étude de suivi 1992 à 2005

Éthier, Louise S.
Bourassa, Louise
Klapper, Ulrich
Dionne, Martin

2006 Report
Factors related to chronic neglect in families

Éthier, Louise S.
Bourassa, Louise
Klapper, Ulrich
Lajoie, Jules
Gough, Pamela
Léveillé, Sophie

2007 Information sheet
Treatment of Child Neglect: A Systematic Review

Allin, Heather
Wathen, C. Nadine
MacMillan, Harriet

2005 Journal article
Child neglect I: Scope, consequences, and risk and protective factors

Blumenthal, Anne

2015 Information sheet
Child neglect II: Prevention and intervention

Blumenthal, Anne

2015 Information sheet
Maltreatment rates in children with developmental delay

Brown, Ivan
Schormans, Ann Fudge

2004 Information sheet
Who are these parents involved in child neglect? A differential analysis by parent gender and family structure

Dufour, Sarah
Lavergne, Chantal
Larrivée, Marie-Claude
Trocmé, Nico

2008 Journal article
Risk Factors Associated With the Chronicity of High Potential for Child Abuse and Neglect

Ethier, Louise S.
Couture, Germain
Lacharité, Carl

2004 Report
Educational Neglect in Ontario

Fallon, Barbara
Van Wert, Melissa

2017 Information sheet