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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 it is Medical Neglect?
How do I determine if it is medical neglect?

There are a few useful principles that help determine whether the circumstances should be considered neglect (see Chapter 3, this volume). Neglect is usually a concern if the lack of care results in actual harm or the risk of significant harm, but specific state definitions need to be considered. Many lapses in health care do not meet this definition. Recommendations may be made for medical care, and although it is best to follow these recommendations, it is possible that no harm is likely if the recommendations are not followed. An example is a follow-up appointment for a child who had an ear infection but now appears to be ...

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