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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 Core Competencies for Practitioners in Child Welfare Agencies?
What are the core competencies for practitioners in child welfare agencies?
Joan LevyZlotnik
What are Competencies?

To identify the “core competencies” that practitioners in child welfare agencies need, it is first necessary to understand what is meant by core competencies. This term is intended to mean the basic or minimal knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that a worker needs to perform his or her job tasks effectively. In this chapter, I discuss the minimum knowledge that child welfare practitioners need and the skills that child welfare workers should have to do their jobs effectively.

There has been increasing focus on the need for “competent child welfare workers” because of concerns about poor child welfare service delivery; the increasing ...

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