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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 Do I Need to Know about Family Therapy?
What do I need to know about family therapy?

Family therapy is a way of working with people that views the interactions among family members as contributing to and maintaining individual and family dysfunction. Child maltreatment is a sign of family dysfunction. In part, maltreatment may occur because family members have been unable to set proper boundaries between themselves, negotiate the handling of new developmental stages, or cope with external demands (loss of job, crowded living conditions, etc.). The treatment of choice for child maltreatment may be family therapy. Family therapy, based on a systems approach, considers the child and the other family members as being linked, with each family member's behavior affecting everyone else's. Within this ...

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