Neglect and acts of omission

Neglect is a serious problem that can have a devastating impact on the person experiencing it. It is important to be aware of the signs of neglect and to report any concerns to the authorities. Find out more here.

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About neglect and acts of omission

Neglect or an act of omission is when someone who is responsible for caring for an adult with care and support needs fails to provide them with the care they need. This can be intentional or unintentional.

Some examples of neglect include

  • Ignoring the person's medical, emotional, or physical needs
  • Not providing the person with access to the healthcare, care and support services they need
  • Withholding the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate food, and heating
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