22. Neglect

Has there ever been a time when youth was left unattended for a long period?  Has the youth gone without clothing, food or shelter?  Has the youth been kept out of school?  Has youth received all needed medical care?

0 –    No evidence that action is needed.  The youth has not experienced any neglect.

1 –   Watch/prevent.  Youth has a history of neglect or has experienced some occasional neglect.  An example would be leaving the youth alone for an inappropriate amount of time based on age or developmental level of the youth.

2 –   Help is needed.  Youth was left alone overnight.  Youth occasionally lacks food, clothing, and shelter.  Youth is kept home from school or attendance is not enforced.  Youth is experiencing minor health problems that have not been addressed.

3 –   Help is needed now/immediately.  Youth has been left alone for periods of time on several occasions or has been abandoned.  Youth is left with unsafe individuals.  Food, clothing and shelter are not regularly provided to the youth.  Serious medical concerns are not addressed.  Youth is not attending school or is kept home on a regular basis.