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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 Developmental Factors Should Be Considered in Interpreting a Child's Disclosure of Sexual Abuse?
What developmental factors should be considered in interpreting a child's disclosure of sexual abuse?

When investigating an allegation of sexual abuse, it is important to recognize that younger children are limited in their ability to describe and effectively verbalize the conduct at issue. Although factors other than age (intelligence, disabilities, and social and language skills) may affect a child's ability to recall and describe, generally children within a particular age range will possess similar abilities and limitations. Being alert to developmental status assists in understanding and evaluating the child's account. In evaluating reports from children of all ages, it is important to consider if the language used to describe the conduct is ...

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