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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 Help Children Be Comfortable in the Legal System and Improve Their Competency as Witnesses?
How do I help children be comfortable in the legal system and improve their competency as witnesses?
Julie A.Lipovsky

Anyone who has testified in court knows that the experience is anxiety producing at best and frightening at worst. For a child who has been a victim of or witness to child abuse or neglect, the prospect of testifying in dependency or criminal proceedings is likely to be intimidating. Family members and professionals may be reluctant to include a child as a witness in court because of concern for the child's psychological safety. The child may have information for a judge or jury, however, that is essential to protect the child ...

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