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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.

In What Circumstances is a Child Who Witnesses Violence Experiencing Psychological Maltreatment?
In what circumstances is a child who witnesses violence experiencing psychological maltreatment?
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Psychological maltreatment is a term with various legal definitions. All children who witness domestic violence are affected by it but not to a level that constitutes psychological maltreatment. The effects of witnessing domestic violence are not clearly correlated with the frequency, intensity, severity, and duration of the violence; instead, the effects of witnessing violence are assessed by the extent to which the child suffers from witnessing it. Research suggests that the following factors influence the degree to which witnessing violence affects children:

  • The child's age. A general rule of thumb is that the earlier the child witnesses domestic violence, the more severe the ...
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