What is child neglect?

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
  • Food
  • 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.

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1. How is COVID-19 impacting the Children & Youth Agency?
2. What is child abuse?
3. What is child neglect?
4. How do I report suspected child abuse or neglect?
5. Can Butler County Children and Youth Services help me with my custody case?
6. Does Butler County Children and Youth Services investigate every referral?
7. Can Children and Youth Services provide services for a young adult (ages 18 and up) having significant problems at home, but is not already receiving services from them?
8. What kinds of services does Butler County Children and Youth Services provide?
9. What services are not provided by Butler County Children and Youth Services?