I know this is off topic but it is something that does keep me up at night. I am not a mother (yet) but I act almost as one to my boyfriend's younger brother Luke who is 9 years old. I love Luke and have so many concerns as to his health, safety and hygiene and really don't have any idea of where to turn.
Luke lives with my boyfriend's father, who is supposedly suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, however this is questionable as he shows no symptoms nor does he receive any on-going medical treatment. I have nothing against him personally, but I do have concerns as he spends most of the day asleep, neglecting things like housework, proper nutrition (Luke does get meals but they are questionable as well as access to a jar of sweets at all times), and Luke's general health and hygiene. Luke is frequently off school with severe food poisoning or chest infections.
Now the house itself is VERY dirty, it hasn't been cleaned in 8 years and the dust is so thick and in short the place stinks. Which means that poor Luke (who is never encouraged to bathe, not that bathing in that dirty bath would really make that much of a difference) stinks and is subject to bullying because of this.
The house is so bad that I went there last Christmas and spent the entirety of January in hospital recovering from a serious pneumonia which aggravated my asthma severely. We found that the bacteria came from that house (by means of testing) and when confronted with this, my boyfriend got the answer of ""I don't do house work."" and ""I don't believe in bleach"".
Now we have informed the council of this today and they are conducting an investigation themselves, but is there anything myself and my partner can do in the meantime to try and help Luke and prevent him from becoming as ill as I did.