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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 the Alleged Perpetrator?
How do I interview the alleged perpetrator?

Workers must gather factual information from caregivers and others who may have abused a child physically or sexually. At times, the worker will have reason to believe the child was abused but have to assess who, among several caregivers, may have committed the abuse. We must recognize that sometimes we interview persons who have not done anything improper, whereas others may deliberately try to deceive us. Throughout this process, we are trying to gain information and build a relationship.

The worker must allow every possible perpetrator the opportunity to present his or her information concerning the situation. The interview with the alleged perpetrator requires as much forethought as that of the interview with ...

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