Child Neglect

Date Published: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Dr Bronwyn Rosie discusses the prevalence of child neglect in New Zealand and dealing with a neglect case in the community.



  • 01:08 defining neglect
  • 02:18 legal definition?
  • 03:08 Child development outcomes
  • 05:52 who is more at risk?
  • 07:42 does neglect lead to abuse?
  • 08:24 covid and neglect
  • 10:23 screening tools
  • 11:19 clues to look out for
  • 12:28 what do we do next?
  • 14:16 discussing neglect
  • 16:11 how urgently do we act?
  • 18:26 key role for general practice
  • 20:38 looking after yourself and your team
  • 23:28 Take-home messages


Take-home messages

  • Neglect is really common and under-recognised.
  • Neglect can have severe consequences, especially in those early years.
  • Neglect is really hard to manage.
  • The role of general practice can be key in coordinating, sharing information and referral.




Dr Bronwyn Rosie
General Paediatrician

Bronwyn is a General Paediatrician at Starship Children’s Health and has worked in paediatrics since 2002, providing care to children and young people from the Auckland, Counties-Manukau, and Waitemata District Health Board areas. She has worked at Te Puaruruhau since June 2016, a specialist team at ADHB which provides care for children and young people where there are concerns about abuse or neglect. Bronwyn is a member of the Child Protection Special Interest Group of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand.

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