fall between the cracks

fall between the cracks

To be overlooked, neglected, or ignored, especially due to mismanagement or disarray in the midst of a large or complex situation. In these overcrowded and underfunded public schools, many students end up falling between the cracks. The details of the enforcement of the law seem to have fallen between the cracks during its creation.
See also: crack, fall

fall between the cracks

Also, fall through the cracks or between two stools . Be neglected or overlooked; also, not fit either of two alternatives. For example, Please make sure that either our department or yours deals with this account, lest it fall between the cracks , or Trying to be both teacher and parent, she fell between two stools. The variant using stools, with its image of a person falling to the ground between two chairs instead of sitting down on one or the other, was already a proverb in ancient times; in English it was first recorded about 1390.
See also: crack, fall
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The children who fall between the cracks of social security include children with HIV, street children, and all children older than seven.
We have players who graduate from college and go off on the satellite tournaments, but because of a lack of training, coaches or whatever, they fall between the cracks.
For this reason, they are likely to fall between the cracks and receive fewer services than other special-need populations.
Using respondent profiles, ActionWay ensures things don't fall between the cracks when someone is absent.
Well beyond the reporting capabilities of the software, the value of an EMR to the operation of a large healthcare entity really rests in the ability of the EMR to do repetitive tasks accurately without letting things fall between the cracks.
Working to help people who might fall between the cracks of more familiar organizations, RAP has helped victims of house fires, spousal abuse, and illness.