Cases of child neglect raise complex assessment dilemmas. This book considers causes and effects of child neglect and the personal, professional and organizational factors influencing identification and assessment. Practical suggestions are made to improve practice and the importance of effective multidisciplinary working is emphasized throughout.
Cases of child neglect raise assessment dilemmas that are often more complex than cases of physical or sexual abuse. This important book highlights the personal, professional and organizational factors that influence the identification and assessment of child neglect and explores ways in which current practice may be improved. Drawing on new and existing research evidence, it provides a thorough and insightful overview of this taxing area of professional practice, emphasizing throughout the importance of effective multidisciplinary working.
'Written for practitioners in an elegant, scholarly and yet simple way, it will be easy to follow and use by those who are familiar with neglect issues and those who are new to the field. Readers from many different backgrounds will find this book an invaluable daily companion on an often long journey of understanding and responding to many needs of neglected children.' - Professor Dorota Iwaniec, Queen's University, Belfast, UK 'The book's applied and topical content, together with its accessible style, means that professionals will probably find it useful and it is likely to become a popular contribution to this body of literature.' - Elizabeth Harlow, Child and Family Social Work
About Jan Horwath
JAN HORWATH is Professor of Child Welfare, University of Sheffield, UK.
Table of Contents
Introduction PART ONE: IDENTIFYING NEGLECT: WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT DOES TO CHILDREN Defining Child Neglect: The Influence of Time and Place Living with Child Neglect: The Impact on Children PART TWO: ASSESSING THE CARE-GIVER AND THE CARE-GIVING CONTEXT Carer's Behaviours: The Past Influencing the Present? Parenting Issues and Child Neglect: What do we Know? The Care-Giving Context PART THREE: REFERRAL AND ASSESSMENT: PRACTICE REALITY Identifying and Referring Cases of Child Neglect: The Theory and the Practice The Assessment Task and Process: Factors that Promote and Inhibit a Child Focus PART FOUR: MOVING PRACTICE FORWARD The Assessment Challenges and Best Practice Working with Child Neglect: Developing Practitioner and Organisational Capacity
Child Neglect by Jan Horwath
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