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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 Screen Caregivers If I Suspect That They May Be Dangerous to Themselves or Their Children?
How do I screen caregivers if i suspect that they may be dangerous to themselves or their children?

Concerns about dangerousness of caregivers to themselves or their children are common in child protection work. Caretakers who are depressed, hopeless, or enraged or threatening may pose increased risks to themselves and others. To further screen caregivers' dangerousness, a worker must gather information about their past and current behavior, thoughts, and plans. From these facts and observations, the worker can apply common sense, knowledge of risk factors, standardized risk assessment methods, and consultation with peers and supervisors to determine whether the caregivers present a serious enough risk to themselves or ...

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