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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 Interview Young Children about Suspected Sexual Abuse?
How do I interview young children about suspected sexual abuse?

Because child sexual abuse almost always occurs in secrecy and rarely has witnesses or accompanying medical findings, cases often are based on the words of children. This is particularly problematic for very young victims because they are not forthcoming, their language is limited, and their credibility is frequently in question. Therefore, investigatory interviews are critical elements in these cases not only to determine the need for protection but also because the way that interviews are conducted can influence the legal viability and the outcome of court cases. Currently, interviewers are under more scrutiny than in the past because their actions are often the target of defense ...

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