Neglect & Acts of Omission

What is Neglect and Acts of Omission?

Examples: ignoring medical, emotional or physical needs; failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support or educational services; withholding the necessities of life including medication, adequate nutrition and heating.

Carer pointing threateningly at old man

Possible Indicators:

Poor environmental conditions

Inadequate heating and lighting

Poor physical condition of the adult


Clothing is ill-fitting, unclean or in poor condition

Isolation of the adult

Withdrawal, unhappiness or change in demeanour

Carers’ reluctance to engage with professionals

Carers not allowing contact by professionals with the adult

Don’t Ignore It. Report It!

If you suspect a neighbour, friend or family member is being neglected or abused, or you need help yourself:
Report it to the relevant Local Authority or Police.