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.
Chapter 28: What is Inadequate Supervision?
What is Inadequate Supervision?
When can a child be left alone? When is lack of supervision neglect? In what circumstances should child protective services intervene? It is known that many children experience inadequate supervision because caregivers are overburdened or overwhelmed, have alcohol or drug problems, are poor and live in poor housing, have conflict with other caregivers, lack adequate child care resources when they are at work, are unable to manage parent-child conflict problems, or all these. It is also known that children who experience inadequate supervision are likely to have psychosocial adjustment problems, such as problems with peer relations and behavior. Intervention will be most successful if we identify and respond to problems early.
Types of Supervision Problems
- Child left unattended: A ...