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 Authors Year Type of Publicationsort icon
Child Neglect: Developmental Issues and Outcomes

Hildyard, Kathryn
Wolfe, David

Factors related to chronic neglect in families

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

2007 Information sheet
Child Neglect in Canada

Roy, Catherine
Black, Tara
Trocmé, Nico
MacLaurin, Bruce
Fallon, Barbara

2005 Information sheet
Maltreatment rates in children with developmental delay

Brown, Ivan
Schormans, Ann Fudge

2004 Information sheet
Living in a world of neglect: S.A.I.N. helps families move on

Lacharité, Carl
Chamberland, Claire
Baraldi, Rosanna

2004 Information sheet
Substance abuse and child neglect: Intruders in the family

Mayer, Micheline
Lavergne, Chantal
Baraldi, Rosanna

2004 Information sheet
Assessing Emotional Neglect in Infants

Wotherspoon, Evelyn
Gough, Pamela

2008 Information sheet
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
Legal Age for Leaving Children Unsupervised Across Canada

Ruiz-Casares, Mónica
Radic, Ivana

2015 Information sheet