Describe the meanings of the following terms, ‘neglect’ and ‘abuse’

Neglect refers to the failure by a parent or caregiver to provide a child (where they are in a position to do so) with the conditions that are culturally accepted in a society as being essential for their physical and emotional development and wellbeing.

Abuse is an act that occurs in a relationship, where there is an implication of trust, which results in harm to a person. Abuse is a volitation of person’s human rights and can be considered a criminal or civil offense. Abuse often inflicted by someone lose to the person, a family member or other person with whom they have a relationship of trust. 

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