• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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 Respond to Feelings (Mine and My Client's)?
How do I respond to feelings (mine and my client's)?

The focus of this chapter is emotional reactions, yours and your client's, and how awareness of these feelings can make your child protection work more effective and less stressful. When the possibility of child abuse is raised, powerful emotional reactions often occur. It is common for suspected abusers to express anger, for the parents who learn their child may have been abused to feel horror and grief, and for the children to feel frightened, embarrassed, and ashamed. Child victims and their families may also experience anxiety, confusion, depression, and sadness. As a child protection professional, you are exposed to all these intense feelings. You experience them ...

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