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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 Assess Neglect among At-Risk Adolescents?
How do I assess neglect among at-risk adolescents?

For caseworkers, clinicians, and researchers in the field of child maltreatment, neglect poses some of the thorniest of assessment decisions. The assessment of neglect among adolescents may be further compounded by social norms and by normal adolescent behavior, such as risk taking, defiance, sexual acting out, and rebellion. Typically, neglect is defined with regard to adult or parental omissions in relation to a child's needs. Perhaps neglect is best considered along a continuum and contextually. Many needs are subject to considerable variation. Questions of “ideal” versus “adequate” are not absolutes, particularly regarding adolescents. Specific types of neglect are the same as those for younger children: medical, educational, emotional, and supervisory. ...

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