This will be a key new text for modules on Children and Families on the qualifying Social Work degree, and on PQ courses in this area, and should also be used on Assessment & Intervention modules. It will also have wider appeal across Health and Social Care and on the new EYPS programmes – the market is wide ranging.

Siblings and the Cinderella Syndrome

Siblings and the cinderella syndrome

This chapter looks at children and that part of their cosmos which is their immediate family. It explores the issue of children who are ‘singled out’ for abuse. This is important in relation to assessment because their maltreatment can be masked by the evident good care of their siblings. It also examines the emotional abuse of ‘favoured siblings’, whose needs might be overlooked during assessments.

Chapter Overview

  • Definition of ‘sibling’
  • The Cinderella (or Culhwch) syndrome
  • Why children are ‘singled out’ for abuse
  • The emotional abuse of ‘non-abused’ siblings

Definition of Sibling

The classic definition of a sibling is a brother or sister born of the same mother and father; this can include children who live apart and have little contact. However, here ...

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