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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 Measure Risk Reduction?
How do I measure risk reduction?
Theoretical Framework and Assumptions

In general, treatment plans formulated by public child welfare agencies to protect abused and neglected children from additional maltreatment seek to reduce factors that increase the likelihood of the recurrence of abuse and neglect or increase factors that protect children from future harm or both. Some risk factors cannot be altered, either because they are matters of historical fact (e.g., a parent's history of abuse in his or her family of origin) or because these factors cannot be influenced to a significant extent by public child welfare agencies (e.g., family poverty). Many factors related to child behavior, parental functioning, the parent-child relationship, and the family's social support system, however, can and ...

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