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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.

What is Sexual Abuse?
What is sexual abuse?

Child sexual abuse is a general term used to refer to nonconsensual sexual acts, sexually motivated behaviors involving children, or sexual exploitation of children. These activities are associated with a variety of emotional and behavioral sequelae; being sexually abused increases the risk of psychiatric conditions and functional impairment. Although not all children develop problems as a result of these experiences, many do.

Laws and Legal Definitions

Criminal statutes at the state and federal levels define sexual behavior that is illegal. Each state has laws, variously named, that prohibit certain sexual conduct and define the elements of the criminal behavior that must be proven to convict the accused. These laws apply to adolescents and children as well as adults. States set ...

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