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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 Determine If a Child is Neglected?
How do I determine if a child is neglected?

Chapter 3 outlined the various ways in which omissions in care to meet a child's basic needs may result in significant harm or a risk of significant harm. Although the actual determination of whether a child should be considered neglected must be made based on definitions in specific state laws, this chapter outlines methods for analyzing information to determine whether basic needs are unmet at a level that may be termed neglect. Other chapters in this book outline methods for interviewing children and other family members, making observations about the home, and using medical reports and other documents to determine whether a child has been maltreated. Particularly with ...

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