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Neglect or emotional abuse in children aged 5-14: Core info leaflet

Topics: Neglect

How to identify and help children who may have been emotionally abused or neglected

Neglect is the most common form of abuse and both this and emotional abuse have damaging and long-term effects on a child’s development.This leaflet summarises what is known about children between the ages of 5 – 14 who have been emotionally abused and neglected and explains how this abuse affects the following areas of a child’s life:

  • behaviour
  • relationships with other children
  • emotional or self-perception issues
  • school performance
  • relationships with parents.

This is part of the Core info leaflet series on aspects of child abuse and neglect, a collaborative project by the NSPCC and Cardiff Child Protection Systematic Review Group.

Authors: NSPCC and Cardiff University
Published: 2014


Please cite as: Cardiff University, Department of Child Health and NSPCC (2014) Core-Info: neglect or emotional abuse in children aged 5-14. [London]: NSPCC.

Core info series

The Core info leaflet series is based on a collaborative project by the NSPCC, Cardiff University and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

The RCPCH are engaged in a rolling programme of systematic reviews of published research literature, originally developed by Cardiff University, on aspects of physical child abuse and neglect.

The full systematic review findings including research questions and methodologies as well as information about all of the reviews and annual updates being under taken can be found in the Child Protection Evidence resource on the RCPCH website.