Dealing with child neglect

Child neglect causes waves of all types of negative emotions in all of us, and brings to mind images of physical and sexual abuse, hunger, cold and emotional cruelty.

As doctors we are mandated to act swiftly and decisively by reporting cases to relevant authorities, but what I find difficult are the instances which fall into the grey area of not quite right, but not extreme enough to excite the interest of the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS). I always report, but am usually underwhelmed