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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.

What are the Unique Roles of Religious Institutions in Supporting and Strengthening Families?
What are the unique roles of religious institutions in supporting and strengthening families?
Lorine L.Cummings

In the initial phase of the investigation or assessment of families, practitioners have to be aware of all potential resources available to assist families. Members of the clergy or those in spiritual leadership are often overlooked as viable supports to families. Knowing and discussing a family's religious or spiritual context or both may assist practitioners in understanding the attitudes, values, and the explicit and implicit messages that may inform a family's belief system with regard to physical punishment as a method of discipline.

Practitioners, spiritual leaders, and the client must address issues of confidentiality. If the client has identified their ...

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