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Child Protection Practice

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When it comes to child protection, who is showing social workers exactly what they should be doing? In this book, Harry Ferguson guides you through the day-to-day realities of child protection practice, outlining its deep complexities along with the knowledge, skills, values and organizational supports necessary to do this difficult job.

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Overview

When it comes to child protection, who is showing social workers exactly what they should be doing? In this book, Harry Ferguson guides you through the day-to-day realities of child protection practice, outlining its deep complexities along with the knowledge, skills, values and organizational supports necessary to do this difficult job.

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"Different, fresh and arresting. What Harry Ferguson does better than anyone else is capture the actualité of front-line child protection work. The book is so unlike any other in the busy market place of child protection books, it should have no difficulty sticking its head above the crowd. It is utterly distinct in terms of its willingness and ability to talk about the job in terms of how it looks, feels, smells and sounds as practitioners move between office, car and home." - David Howe, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work and Psychology, University of East Anglia, UK
 
"I was very impressed by this book. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that it includes some of the most interesting and original writing about social work and child protection I have seen. It is a strength of the book that the author is prepared to set out his own position on the line. This makes it enjoyable, stimulating and challenging to read." - Chris Beckett, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of East Anglia, UK
 
"Harry Ferguson brings to life the embodied experience of child protection work. Combining historical research with contemporary accounts of frontline practice, Ferguson urges us to understand child protection work as a highly skilled and embodied practice, and offers powerful insights into the complex nature of authority, relationship building and decision-making. This book should be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the challenges facing child protection workers today, and what is needed to create the conditions for better child protection practice." - Karen Healy, Professor, School of Social Work and Human Services, The University of Queensland, Australia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230242838
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

HARRY FERGUSON is Chair in Social Work, School of Sociology& Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education, University of Nottingham, UK.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: child protection practice Knocking on the door of history: the emergence of child protection practice Child abuse and the development (and decline) of intimate child protection practice Streets, housing estates, doorsteps: getting to the child The home visit: houses and the struggle to protect the abused child The reverberations of home visiting: going into the depths to protect children Hospitals, office interviews and the emotional complexity of practice Working with children in child protection The importance of touch in child protection Working with fathers Working with mothers Culturally sensitive child protection practice Multi-agency working Good authority and working with hostile and deceptive adults and overcoming resistance Spaces for reflection 1: the car in child protection Spaces for reflection 2: supervision and organisational practices that promote good child protection Conclusion: intimate child protection practice

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