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.
Chapter 49: How Do I Ensure a Maltreated Child's Safety in the Home?
How Do I Ensure a Maltreated Child's Safety in the Home?
Once you have assessed that a child is unsafe (see Chapter 47, this volume), there are essentially three ways to keep the child safe in his or her own home: (a) A nonoffending parent or adult ensures the child's safety; (b) the offending person vacates the home, and assurances exist that no return will occur; and (c) a safety service plan ensures the child's safety.
Safety Ensured by Nonoffending Parent
Consider a nonoffending parent or another adult who resides in the home as a resource for in-home safety management. You can use the following items to evaluate the nonoffending parent's or other adult's potential to be ...