• Summary
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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 Decide Whether to Substantiate a Report?
How do I decide whether to substantiate a report?

In this chapter, I discuss what it means to substantiate a case and how to best make this decision. The reader must keep in mind that these comments are general and intended for a national audience. There is no substitute for a thorough knowledge of statutes and substantiation guidelines that relate specifically to one's state.

What is Substantiation?

Substantiation is basically a statement by the worker that “I have enough evidence to believe that child maltreatment has occurred.” To make effective decisions, one needs to understand what constitutes maltreatment and “good enough” evidence. What constitutes child maltreatment in one state may not constitute child maltreatment in another state. Similarly, some ...

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