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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 Should Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement Coordinate the Initial Assessment and Investigation?
How should child protective services and law enforcement coordinate the initial assessment and investigation?
CharlesWilson and DonnaPence

Child abuse and neglect is a crime in all 50 states and territories. Therefore, the responsibility to protect children from child maltreatment is shared by the child protection system (including the civil court systems) and the criminal justice system (including law enforcement, prosecutors, and the criminal courts). Generally, by law or practice or both, law enforcement agencies' interest is reserved for child homicides, sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, and other more egregious incidents of child maltreatment for which public expectations of accountability are aroused.

Child protection and law enforcement approach child maltreatment issues with significantly different missions ...

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