In their book The Neglected Child, authors Ginger Welch, Laura Wilhelm, and Heather Johnson describe what they define as the six types of neglect:

  1. Physical Neglect or Deprivation of Needs Neglect
  2. Medical Neglect
  3. Supervisory Neglect
  4. Environmental Neglect
  5. Educational Neglect
  6. Emotional Neglect

Neglect impacts the overall development and health of children, so it’s important that you do everything you can to recognize, respond, and prevent neglect. The authors of The Neglected Child recommend that educators memorize this statement: “If it SEEMED like neglect, report it.” Each letter in SEEMED stands for one type of neglect and will help you remember what to look for as you work with the children in your care. Learn more: