Neglect

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 Yearsort icon Type of Publication
Efficacy of neglect interventions for Indigenous children, families and communities

McGinn, Carrie Anna 
Damasse, Jean 

2014 Report
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
How do social workers respond to potential child neglect?

Tufford, Lea
Bogo, Marion
Asakura, Kenta

2015 Journal article
The protective effect of neighborhood social cohesion in child abuse and neglect

Maguire-Jack, Kathryn
Showalter, Kathryn

2016 Journal article
What's so different about differential response? A multilevel and longitudinal analysis of child neglect investigations

Janczewski, Colleen E.
Mersky, Joshua P. 

2016 Journal article
Educational Neglect in Ontario

Fallon, Barbara
Van Wert, Melissa

2017 Information sheet