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.
Chapter 22: How Do I Screen a Caregiver's Use and Abuse of and Dependence on Alcohol and other Drugs and Their Effects on Parenting?
How Do I Screen a Caregiver's Use and Abuse of and Dependence on Alcohol and other Drugs and Their Effects on Parenting?
Harmful involvement with alcohol and drugs is a factor in as many as 80% of situations involving child maltreatment or neglect. In such cases, child protection depends on the professional's ability to recognize, assess, and intervene with an often resistant caregiver.
Obstacles to Identification
Screening for substance-related problems is hampered by the omnipresent denial associated with addiction. By definition, the addict or alcoholic is unable to accurately self-assess either the extent of his or her impairment or the severity of its ...