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 59: How Do I Recognize and Assess Common or Important Mental Health Problems in Children?
How Do I Recognize and Assess Common or Important Mental Health Problems in Children?
Mental Health Effects of Child Abuse
Recommendations for assessment of the clinical functioning of maltreated children are guided by studies that identify the effects of abuse. Several studies provide useful information about various consequences of abuse and on a range of appropriate instruments (see Kolko, 1996). Suggestions for assessing some common mental health problems are described in this chapter.
General Assessment: Considerations and Issues
Whenever possible, it is useful to collect information across a range of topics from multiple sources, including child victims and their siblings, caregivers and other adults in the home, teachers, clinicians, and records. These efforts may ...