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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 Risk and Safety?
How do I assess risk and safety?

For the purposes of this chapter, risk of child maltreatment refers to a family situation in which child maltreatment is likely to occur or recur. Risk assessment is a thorough study that results in a judgment about the likelihood of child maltreatment. Many agencies require an assessment of risk at two points in time: (a) as part of an initial assessment to determine whether a family is in need of child protective services (CPS) (because a risk of maltreatment is identified) and (b) to determine whether CPS intervention can be terminated (because risk factors have been reduced). The process of risk assessment considers the family unit, family or other household members, and ...

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