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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 Interpret Sexualized Behavior in Children?
How do I interpret sexualized behavior in children?

It has been well documented that sexually abused children exhibit significantly higher rates of age-inappropriate and abusive sexual behaviors compared to nonabused children in the general population. Furthermore, although sexually abused children share many of the same psychological problems exhibited by other emotionally troubled children, problematic sexual behavior seems to distinguish sexually abused children from psychiatrically disturbed children who have not been sexually abused. Thus, when children engage in age-inappropriate or abusive sexual behaviors or both, a possible history of child sexual abuse should be considered.

It is important to recognize, however, that many sexual behaviors exhibited by children are neither age inappropriate or abusive. In fact, sexual behaviors of various ...

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