The term neglected child was introduced and defined in the Destitute Persons Relief Act, 1866-67. The term referred to a child who had been abandoned or was found begging, wandering about, sleeping outdoors or residing in a brothel. The definition also included children whom parents were 'unable to control'. The legislation gave parents the power to request that their child be placed in an industrial school.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 7 November 2011, Last modified: 5 May 2015