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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 Non-Maltreating Parents and Caregivers?
How do I interview non-maltreating parents and caregivers?

The primary focus of the non-maltreating parent or caregiver interview is to ascertain what the parent or caregiver knows about the alleged maltreatment, collect essential information to determine the level of risk to the children, and assess the parent's or caregiver's capacity to protect the child. In this chapter, I describe the interview process and use the term parent to refer to the non-maltreating parent or caregiver.

This initial interview and the manner in which the caseworker interacts with the parent will forever influence the remainder of the case. It is imperative to keep in mind the involuntary nature of the child protective services interview. The maltreatment referral, followed by the ...

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