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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 Connect with Children at Different Developmental Levels?
How do I connect with children at different developmental levels?
Brenda JonesHarden

Engaging children requires a special set of strategies built on a knowledge of child development, a high comfort level with children, and good interpersonal skills. The interpersonal skills that facilitate engagement with adults and children include (a) empathic responding (sharing in what the person is feeling and experiencing), (b) unconditional positive regard (accepting the person in a nonjudgmental way), (c) genuineness (displaying who you are in an honest manner), (d) active listening (showing with your words and body that you are attuned to what the person is saying), and (e) the capacity to help solve a problem or manage a crisis.

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