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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 the Likelihood of an Intervention Succeeding?
How do I assess the likelihood of an intervention succeeding?
Vanessa G.Hodges

When practitioners begin working with families, the anticipated outcome depends on the goals of the treatment program or social work services; in all cases, however, practitioners begin services with great anticipation of positive outcomes. This chapter identifies family and worker factors that hinder or facilitate successful outcomes. An accurate assessment of these factors will assist workers and families in developing realistic expectations and meaningful intervention plans.

Worker Factors

Engaging and motivating families are important qualities in successful interventions. Family commitment to intervention plans is largely based on the worker's ability to “join” the family. Joining is the most critical initial task of family intervention and is the ...

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