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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.

What is Child Neglect?
What is child neglect?

Child neglect is usually defined as omissions in care resulting in significant harm or the risk of significant harm to children. In most states, child welfare laws specify that the parent(s) or caregivers are responsible for the omission in care, thereby not becoming involved with lapses in care by others. Similarly, neglect laws may exclude circumstances in which children's needs are not met primarily due to poverty.

Legal definitions do not specify what qualifies as “significant harm” or as “significant risk of harm.” Rather, this is left to local child welfare agencies and professionals to interpret; not surprisingly, there is great variation in how these terms are defined. In general, the child welfare system frequently screens out cases without ...

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