Factors to Consider
There are many factors to consider when it comes to child neglect. For example, the Agency considers things like:
- Adequate housing
- Educational needs
- Medical care
- Mental health needs
- Utilities, etc.
More Serious Neglect
More serious neglect can:
- Cause bodily injury
- Endanger a child's life or health
- Impair a child's health, development, or functioning
- Threaten a child's well-being
In Pennsylvania, this serious physical neglect is considered a form of child abuse (for more information review the frequently asked question "What is child abuse?").
Serious physical neglect includes a repeated, prolonged or egregious failure to supervise a child in a manner that is appropriate considering the child's age, development, or functioning, and the failure to provide the essentials of life, including food, shelter, or medical care.