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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.

When Does Sexual Play Suggest a Problem?
When does sexual play suggest a problem?
Barbara L.Bonner

This chapter briefly reviews what is viewed as normal or expected sexual behavior in children and when sexual play between children becomes problematic and requires intervention. Note that in some families any sexual behavior, such as masturbation, may be seen as problematic or unacceptable, even though the behavior is generally viewed as normal.

Normal, Expected Sexual Play in Children

Normal sexual play includes behaviors such as playing doctor, playing house, imitating intercourse clothed, looking at or briefly touching other children's genitals, sexual talk and jokes, sexual games, and masturbation. Normal sexual behavior

  • Is exploratory and spontaneous
  • Occurs occasionally between peers or siblings who are of similar age, size, and developmental level
  • Is not accompanied by strong ...
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