• Summary
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The Handbook for Child Protection Protection Practice presents a comprehensive and critical portrait of the phenomenon of neglect. Drawing on theory, research and clinical practice experience, the contributors cover issues facing social workers. They provide a view of child neglect which moves beyond the current child welfare focus on parental omissions in care. Organized in question and answer format, topics covered include: engaging with the client; initial assessments for factors such as neglect and physical and sexual abuse; how to assess the family; interventions with various different emphases; and safeguarding the social workers well-being: legally, physically and mentally.

How Do I Build Families' Financial Management Skills?
How do I build families' financial management skills?

The following is an approach to maximize emergency funding resources and build families' financial management skills:

  • Self-assess: To adequately support families to develop and use financial management skills, the worker must first develop empathy for the family in crisis. This involves examining his or her own feelings, attitudes, and experiences about financial crises. This is the first step to “tune in” to what the client is experiencing so that the worker may successfully engage the family to develop solutions (see Chapter 8, this volume). Regarding financial crises, families may try to deny or minimize their situations because of embarrassment. Workers can be more successful if clients perceive that they display a ...
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