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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 Possible Histories of Physical Abuse among Assaultive Adolescents?
How do I assess possible histories of physical abuse among assaultive adolescents?

Adolescents are a remarkably heterogeneous and unpredictable population. Not all abused adolescents become aggressive or assaultive, nor have all assaultive or aggressive adolescents been abused. Thoughtful, comprehensive assessments are necessary to serve the needs of assaultive adolescents and to diminish the likelihood of a subsequent assaultive adulthood or abusive parenthood.

By definition, assaultive incidents are more than outbursts of unmanaged temper and impulsivity, and they represent a variety of problem behaviors and circumstances. Ironically, despite clear indications that adolescent court involvement, ungovernable behavior, delinquency, and substance abuse are often associated with child abuse histories, such adolescents are more likely to be routed through ...

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