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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 Can Critical Thinking Contribute to Informed Decisions?
How can critical thinking contribute to informed decisions?

Critical thinking involves the critical appraisal of beliefs and actions to arrive at well-reasoned ones. Richard Paul (1993, pp. 20–23) suggests that critical thinking has the following characteristics:

  • It is purposeful.
  • It is responsive to and guided by intellectual standards (relevance, clarity, accuracy, precision, depth, and breadth).
  • It is guided by intellectual humility, integrity, perseverance, empathy, and self-discipline.
  • Critical thinkers routinely identify the elements of thought in thinking about a problem such that logical connections are made between the elements and the problem. They ask the following: What is my purpose? What precise question am I trying to answer? Within what point of view am I thinking? What concepts or ideas are central to ...
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