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Be Safe: What is Neglect Social Story


This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, provides information about neglect in a visual format.

A girl waves at a boy standing next to her in the center of the image.

Sometimes people are supposed to take care of me.

A girl says to a boy named Bobby,

Sometimes people make sure I have food and water.

A cartoon rendering of a house in the center of the image.

Sometimes people make sure I have a safe place to live.

A man asks a boy what he did that day and if he exercised or slept. The boy says he just watched TV and slept on the floor.

Sometimes people make sure I stay healthy.

A man asks a boy,

When people do not take care of my needs, it is called neglect.

A man asks a boy if he feels taken care of. The boy says no, he barely eats and has to sleep on the floor so he's tired.

If I need extra help, I should tell other adults that I trust.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.