Child Protection: An Introduction

Child Protection: An Introduction

by Chris Beckett

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Child Protection: An Introduction by Chris Beckett

An overview for social work students and social workers moving into the field of child protective work, i.e., following up on concerns about the abuse and neglect of children. The author, who is based at Anglia Polytechnic U., primarily addresses the work as it's done in England and Wales, but he writes that much of his text's content is applicable to other parts of the English-speaking world where similar legal systems exist; much of the research cited comes from North America. He describes what the job of child protection social work is and what it requires of workers; looks at the ways children can be abused and neglected, as well as the warning signs and possible long-term consequences; considers the causes of abuse and neglect; and explores some of the difficulties inherent in the work. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761949558
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/03/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

Chris Beckett qualified as a social worker in the 1980s, and worked in the field for 18 years, first as a social worker and then as a manager, latterly as the manager of a children and families social work team. Like most social workers who qualified at that time, he started out as a ‘generic’ social worker, working with a range of service users including children and families, old people, and people with mental health problems and disabilities, but his predominant area of work was with children and families.

He moved into academic social work in 2000, working first at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and then at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. In addition to his social work text books, he has published academic articles on a variety of topics including the use of military language in social work, the importance of realism as an ethical principle, and statistics from Sweden about child abuse, following the legal ban there on corporal punishment. His main research area, however, has been decision-making in court proceedings about children, and decision-making about children more generally.

Chris has a parallel career as a writer of literary science fiction. (More information about his fiction can be found at He won the Edge Hill Short Fiction prize for his story collection, The Turing Test, and the Arthur C. Clarke award for his novel Dark Eden. He is now a full-time writer. His view is that ‘academic’ and ‘creative’ writing have more in common than might at first sight appear: in both cases the author begins with a jumble of ideas that seem to him to be in some way linked together, and attempts, in large part by a combination of intuition and trial and error, to impose some shape and structure.

Chris has three adult children, and lives in Cambridge with his wife Maggie and sundry animals.

Table of Contents

Different Perspectives
The Multi-Agency System
Making Things Different
Personal and Professional
Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect
Disabled Children
Origins of Abuse and Neglect
Parents with Substance Use and Other Mental-Health Problems
Parents with Learning Difficulties
Violent Homes
Poverty and Social Exclusion
Abusive Systems
Facing Reality

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