Child Neglect and Child Cruelty

Accusations of child neglect or child cruelty are very serious for all involved, and those facing such allegations will require expert legal representation from the outset. By approaching expert criminal defence solicitors for legal advice, you can increase your chances of successfully defending yourself.

To speak to a solicitor about child neglect or child cruelty allegations made against you, contact us today by calling 0345 872 6666. Alternatively, fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

About Child Neglect and Child Cruelty

In child neglect cases, a child may not have been physically or sexually harmed, but this does not mean the issue is less serious. A child’s wellbeing may have been seriously degraded due to an individual failing to provide the level of care required. The 1933 Children and Young Persons Act defines child neglect as failing to provide a child any or all of the following:

  • A home
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Medical care

Child cruelty is described as exposing a child to danger by committing or omitting an act that will care for or protect them.

Cases of child neglect or cruelty are likely to involve investigations, including doctors, teachers, housing officials, social services and the police. For that reason, it is vital that you seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure you are aware of your rights and the options available to you.

Child Neglect and Child Cruelty Penalties Explained

Allegations of both child cruelty and neglect are of grave significance, and punishments for being found guilty can be heavy. Being linked to claims of neglect or cruelty to a child can be extremely damaging to your character too, not to mention a cause of enormous upset to you and your family.

Defending in cruelty cases often requires the instruction of clinical, forensic and psychological expertise. Recognising the issues and how to deal with them is something we have been engaged in for over 35 years.

Why Choose JMW?

At JMW, we provide first-class legal advice and representation through our private client criminal law service. This is a bespoke service designed for discerning clients who require the best in legal help. We guarantee a dedicated approach throughout the entire investigation - from the outset to the conclusion - which is vital when it comes to sensitive topics such as this.

You can be guaranteed of the very best legal assistance as you advance your case; our service is based on a dedicated approach that isolates the issues and fully develops your defence.

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To speak to one of our highly trained solicitors about this bespoke service, call us on 0345 872 6666. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

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