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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.

What is Strengths-Based Service Planning?
What is strengths-based service planning?
Vanessa G.Hodges and Peter J.Pecora

In child protective services, in which initial safety assessment and longer term risk assessment are the primary focus of the initial intervention, employing a strengths perspective in services planning may be difficult, but it is essential. Strengths-based planning provides a more balanced and comprehensive view of the family, allows for the selection of more feasible interventions, and is more likely to elicit family investment in the service plan.

Strengths-based planning involves a purposeful focus on identifying child, family, and community strengths or resources that could be employed to help address the situation as well as “protective factors.” These protective factors include the constellation of individual, family, and community characteristics that positively alter a ...

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