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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 Can Parenting Be Enhanced?
How can parenting be enhanced?
Sandra T.Azar and Monica H.Ferraro

Enhancing something assumed to be as basic as the capacity to parent is fraught with difficulties, from helping parents to acknowledge the need for help to shifting well-ingrained patterns of interpersonal responding. This chapter focuses on both process issues and the active strategies needed to produce parental change. For the former, we outline professional skills and special issues when dealing with multistressed parents. For the latter, we discuss both how to change how parents think about children's behavior and their development and a set of skill areas needed to enhance parenting: life skills, cognitive stimulation and child management, anger and stress management, and basic child care (e.g., home safety and hygiene).

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