• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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 the Strengths in Families?
How do I assess the strengths in families?

A strengths-based orientation to child protection practice provides the opportunity to develop or build on existing competencies needed by the family to respond to crises and stress, to meet needs, and to enhance the functioning of the family system. Uncovering strengths, however, cannot be accomplished in a simplistic manner, just as using a checklist to assess risk cannot capture the interrelationships among factors that increase the likelihood of maltreatment. Strengths are not isolated variables but, rather, form clusters and constellations that are dynamic and interrelated. Research on family strengths has identified a core set of 12 qualities that help families cope with stress and meet the needs of their members. ...

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