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Praise for the First Edition:
'All readers will be drawn to the style of the book as well as its content. The structure will make sure that it is not just a "one-off ", being read as part of a course of study, but a book which is used frequently as a source of reference' - Child Abuse Review
The Second Edition of this best-selling textbook provides students and practitioners with a broad introduction to, and critical analysis of, the complex issues involved in child protection work. Chris Beckett's approachable style presents these issues in a clear and engaging way, all the time encouraging reflection and debate through such features as case examples and interactive exercises.
The book is fully comprehensive, considering key topics such as: the consequences for children of abuse and neglect; the reasons why some adults abuse and neglect children; the personal challenges involved in doing child protection work; and the organizational framework within which child protection work takes place. Other key features of this thoroughly revised Second Edition include:
" Fully updated content: the book has been revised to incorporate new literature, research, legal and policy developments, including the recent Working Together guidelines
" Two new chapters: these comprise a chapter on families where there is domestic violence, and a chapter on promoting strategies for bringing about change
" Interprofessional appeal: the author addresses the book to all the professionals involved in child protection work, ensuring wide interdisciplinary appeal
The new edition of this highly successful textbook will be required reading for students studying social work and allied subjects, and an essential resource for all professionals involved in child protection work.
Chris Beckett is based at the Division of Social Work and Social Policy, Anglia Ruskin University. He is the author of three best-selling Sage textbooks: Human Growth and Development; Values and Ethics in Social Work (with Andrew Maynard); Essential Theory for Social Work Practice.
Find out more about Chris Beckett at the Anglia Ruskin University website
PART ONE: CHILD PROTECTION WORK
The Multi-Agency System
Making Things Different
Personal and Professional
PART TWO: CHILD MALTREATMENT AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect
PART THREE: CAUSES AND CONTEXTS
Origins of Abuse and Neglect
Parents with Substance Use and Other Mental-Health Problems
Parents with Learning Difficulties
Poverty and Social Exclusion
PART FOUR: PROBLEMS AND DILEMMAS