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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 Avoid Being Sued?
How do I avoid being sued?
Rebecca J.Roe

If one believes the negative press about lawyers, one will believe that the answer to the question “How do I avoid being sued?” is “You can't.” In fact, there is little incentive for lawyers to file frivolous lawsuits—after all, one third of $0 is $0. Performing your work competently, courteously, and expeditiously reduces your chances of being sued. The following guidelines can be used:

  • Be a professional, not an advocate.
  • If it is not in the record, it does not exist.
  • “Just the facts, ma'am.”
  • Explain yourself.
  • Comply with internal standards and guidelines.
  • Consult your supervisors where appropriate.
  • Avoid bureaucratic numbness.
  • Judges have immunity—use their shield.
  • Do not “cop an attitude.”
  • There are worse things in life than being sued.

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