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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 Help Children Adjust to Out-of-Home Care Placement?
How do I help children adjust to out-of-home care placement?
Brenda JonesHarden

Facilitating children's adjustment to out-of-home placement is in many ways a precarious venture. Children are biologically equipped to develop intimate relationships with their first parents, particularly their biological parents. When they are moved to another family, their attachment systems are challenged in a way that may affect their relationships throughout the life span. Thus, this chapter accepts the premise that it is inherently stressful for any child older than 6 months of age to adjust to a new home environment.

Therefore, the goal of the child welfare practitioner is to support the child to develop the best relationship possible with the out-of-home care provider. This is ...

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