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When child abuse is detected at an early stage, it gives room for recovery and effective treatment for the abused child. According to Children First (2011, p.8), child abuse occurs in different forms. neglect involves depriving a child of his/her needs such as clothing, food, shelter, security, health care services and love. Therefore, neglect can be defined as the ill-treatment of a child by depriving his/her needs. Signs of neglect include frequent absenteeism from school, stealing or begging for food, lack of clothing and medical care, and lack of personal hygiene (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2007. Cambridgeshire county council N.d, p.5).