Scottish youth neglect probed by Action for Children
Many professionals and members of the public are unsure what to do in cases of suspected child neglect, research has suggested.
Action for Children Scotland has said neglect is more prevalent than physical or sexual abuse, but is more difficult to spot and respond to.
The charity is now launching an inquiry into the extent of child neglect in Scotland, and how to tackle it.
Its remit will include evidence on how neglect affects families.
The study will also look at which initiatives have proved successful.
Ultimately the charity wants to develop recommendations for the Scottish government to improve the protection of children.
Research by Action for Children suggested 30% of Scottish people have been worried about the welfare of a child they know but fewer than half told someone.
Paul Carberry, operational director of children's service at Action for Children Scotland, said: "Our research revealed that both professionals and members of the public are unsure about what to do in cases of suspected child neglect.
"The neglect of a child's welfare should be a key issue for Scotland, and we hope that by raising awareness we can help to secure a happy, healthy future for every child."