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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 Whether a Child's Nutritional Needs are being Met?
How do I determine whether a child's nutritional needs are being met?

Parents may feel frustrated that their child is “a picky eater.” The concern of inadequate nutrition, however, usually occurs when a health care provider notes that a child's growth pattern is poor, making the diagnosis of “failure to thrive.” Using growth charts based on many children, one can follow growth trends for girls and boys. Failure to thrive (FTT) is diagnosed when a child's weight or height decreases below the 5th percentile or across two major percentile lines (e.g., from the 80th to the 40th) or when a child's weight/height (how much the child weighs considering his or her height) decreases below ...

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