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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 Develop a Helping Alliance with the Family?
How do I develop a helping alliance with the family?
DianeDePanfilis

Many families at risk for child maltreatment may have a history of difficulty in forming and sustaining mutually supportive interpersonal relationships. Furthermore, they may not have had positive experiences with formal systems. One of the essential challenges for practitioners is to form positive connections and partnerships with families so that families will have an opportunity to handle the difficult challenges in their lives. Experience has demonstrated that successful intervention and treatment depend heavily on the quality of one's relationship with the client or family. Whether one's role is to interview family members as part of the initial assessment or to target outcomes for risk reduction, the ...

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