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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.

When is Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption the Best Permanency Option?
When is termination of parental rights and adoption the best permanency option?
Thomas D.Morton
What is Permanency?

Permanency involves both a legal and a psychological context. For permanency to exist in the former, a family must have some form of permanent legal custody over and responsibility for a child. As long as the child is in the custody of the state, this does not exist. Although some forms of guardianship may convey legal rights to a family, not all forms of guardianship provide a basis of legal entitlements equivalent to those of natural parenthood or adoption.

The psychological context of permanency is more complicated. This requires the child to be in a relationship with a caregiver in ...

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