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 50: How Do I Protect Children When There is a History of Domestic Violence in the Family?
How Do I Protect Children When There is a History of Domestic Violence in the Family?
Protection for children in a family with a history of domestic violence relies on your interview and assessment and the arrangement of safety and protection. Intervention by any outside agency into these families may increase the danger of domestic violence toward the victim and increase the risk of maltreatment to the children; therefore, both steps must be handled carefully.
Interview and Assessment
Interviews generate the information from which you will assess risk of maltreatment and evaluate the safety of the children. In general, when you attempt to assess the risk to children,
- Do no harm.
- Increase the safety ...