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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 Conditions May Be Mistaken for Physical Abuse?
What conditions may be mistaken for physical abuse?
Charles F.Johnson
What Types of Conditions May Be Mistaken for Abuse?

A child with a variety of conditions may appear to have been injured. Determining the type of injury is generally easier than determining if the injury was self-inflicted, inflicted intentionally, or noninflicted. Types of injuries include burning with heat and caustics, impacting, puncturing, cutting, tattooing, pinching, freezing, suction, and ligating or binding. Children may be accidentally or intentionally injured by a variety of means. Because the body surface of skin is most accessible to the child, caretakers, and the environment, it is important to recognize birthmarks, self-inflicted trauma, and common inflicted and noninflicted injuries and to understand how the skin reacts ...

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