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 51: How Do I Protect Children When Caregivers Have Chemical-Dependency Problems?
How Do I Protect Children When Caregivers Have Chemical-Dependency Problems?
Alcohol and drag problems are prime risk factors for child maltreatment; effective intervention and treatment of the addicted caregiver are a critical part of protecting children. Also, in such cases, child abuse or neglect often occur not only by the primary caregiver but also by associates (e.g., drug dealers and other users).
The following misconceptions about addiction make effective intervention a challenge for many professionals:
- The addict must want help. Caught in a cycle of intoxication and withdrawal, few addicts are capable of making a rational decision for treatment. When they do seek help, it is usually because of a temporary shortage of funds or ...