• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a serious and complex area of social work practice and understanding the critical skills of communicating with and listening to children's voices, and those of their advocates and survivors, is essential. In this new edition of a highly-regarded book, the authors offer a strengthened children's rights perspective and explore four main categories of child abuse - emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and physical abuse. The book also considers legal safeguards and protective processes to increase the creativity and confidence of those undertaking such work.


The Human Rights Council (2014), in a global call to make the invisible visible, called for an end to all violence against children stating that the human dignity of children and their right to protection from violence must be at the heart of a global effort. This global call is at the heart of this book.

Making the invisible visible is a recurring theme of this book as case study after case study, fact after fact, testifies to children who remained unheard, unseen and unprotected. Despite numerous policies, legislation, systems, extensive knowledge of child abuse evident from survivor and child accounts, inquiries and research literature, something has gone very wrong. The prevalence rates for all forms of abuse are evident in this book and yet ...

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