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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.

How Do I Assess a Child's Social Support System?
How do I assess a child's social support system?
Ross A.Thompson

The support that children receive in their natural social networks contributes significantly to treatment outcomes when children are victims of maltreatment and to the prevention of future abuse or neglect because social support offers children many human resources. Social support provides counseling and emotional nurturance that are important to psychological healing. Also, it provides access to information, services, and material assistance that children may need. Children are unlikely to be aware of possible therapeutic aid, social services, or school support, or to ask for and obtain such assistance, without the help of adults. Social support may be instrumental in developmental remediation and skill acquisition, particularly in areas ...

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