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Safer Organisational Cultures & Self-Neglect

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Self-neglect is an extreme lack of self-care, it is often associated with hoarding however may be a result of other issues such as addictions.

Could you spot the signs?

  • Poor hygiene
  • Alcohol and/or drug misuse/dependency
  • Dirty or inappropriate clothing
  • Refusal of care/health services and interventions

Alcohol and/or substance misuse can be a main factor in cases of self-neglect. In cases where the adult has care and support needs, a safeguarding response may be appropriate.

For more information on spotting the signs of self-neglect , please visit:

If you’re worried that someone you know might be neglecting their personal needs, visit for details on how to report safeguarding concerns.

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