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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 Has Been Physically Abused?
How do I determine whether a child has been physically abused?
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Chapter 4 on defining physical abuse set the stage for answering this chapter title's question. The key question is “Could this injury have occurred in a nonabusive manner?” There should always be a careful effort to obtain a history from a child and separately from the parent(s) and possible witnesses of what led to the injury. The challenge is to then consider whether the explanation given plausibly explains the physical findings. Different explanations for an injury, sometimes by the same person, suggest that the true history is not being revealed. The following are additional “red flags” in the history suggestive of abuse:

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