Social work with children and families is constantly in the headlines and social workers' decisions are subject to ever increasing scrutiny at all levels. This aspirational book supports students and newly qualified social workers and suggests practical ways in which they might thrive, rather than just survive, in practice. The book tackles the different challenges that students and practitioners can be faced with, outlining common pitfalls and how to avoid these.

Reflective questions are used throughout the book, ensuring that students critically evaluate their own practice. Case examples and case studies drawn from the authors' recent practice are included throughout the book to illuminate the realities of contemporary social work with children and families.

Safeguarding, Child Protection and Your Chance to Make a Difference

Safeguarding, child protection and your chance to make a difference

Key Points of Chapter

  • Safeguarding represents a preventative approach to keeping all of our children safe
  • Child protection largely concerns formal processes with children whose care has reached levels of concern that might suggest that they are at risk of ‘significant harm’
  • There is a great deal of evidence out there about how to safeguard children - read it!
  • There are clear definitions of child abuse - physical, sexual, emotional and neglect. These need to be contextualised with the child's environment
  • Professional judgement has a core role in child protection - it is not all about meeting deadlines and ticking (electronic) boxes
  • You must promote best ways of working in your organisation ...
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