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Handbook for Child Protection Practice

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© 2000 | 704 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"The timing of the publication with the revised Working Together guidelines could not be more advantageous. This book is a unique and important contribution to child care literature. No agency should be without."

- Child Abuse Review

Professionals concerned with the protection of children face many challenges. This work demands knowledge from several disciplines, a wide variety of skills, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The editors, Howard Dubowitz, a pediatrician, and Diane DePanfilis, a social worker, together with over 70 experts in this field offer what is known about how best to work with maltreated children and their families, in a very practical, concise, and user-friendly way.

Structured to follow the life of a case from the time a report of child maltreatment is made through the various pathways in the child protection system, this edited volume synthesizes the best practice principles for responding to reports of child abuse and neglect; engaging children and other family members in intervention; developing cross-cultural practice competencies; assessing risk, evaluating safety, and conducting family assessments; defining outcomes and planning intervention; evaluating risk reduction; and making permanency decisions; and discusses the unique legal, medical, ethical, and other practice issues that work in the child protection field involves. Professionals facing tough dilemmas in practice should find valuable guidance in these pages.

 
PART ONE: REPORTING AND SCREENING
Susan Wells
How Do I Decide Whether to Accept a Report for a Child Protective Services Investigation?
Susan Wells
What Criteria Are Most Critical to Determine the Urgency of the Child Protective Services Response?
Howard Dubowitz
What Is Neglect?
Howard Dubowitz
What Is Physical Abuse?
Lucy Berliner
What Is Sexual Abuse?
Marla R Brassard and Stuart Hart
What Is Psychological Maltreatment?
 
PART TWO: ENGAGEMENT
Brenda Jones Harden
How Do I Connect with Children at Different Developmental Levels?
Diane DePanfilis
How Do I Develop a Helping Alliance with the Family?
Veronica D Abney
What Principles and Approaches Can I Use to Engage Clients across Culture?
Ronald H Rooney
How Can I Use Authority Effectively and Engage Family Members?
Ronald Zuskin
How Do I Manage Difficult Encounters with the Family?
David Corwin
How Do I Respond to Feelings (Mine and My Client's)?
 
PART THREE: INTERVIEWING
Kee MacFarlane
How Do I Interview Young Children about Suspected Sexual Abuse?
Lucy Berliner
How Do I Interview Older Children and Adolescents about Sexual Abuse?
Barbara W Boat and Mark D Everson
What Tools Are Appropriate to Facilitate Interviews with Children?
David J Kolko
How Do I Interview a Child about Alleged Physical Abuse?
Denise Pintello
How Do I Interview Non-Maltreating Parents and Caregivers?
Donna Pence
How Do I Interview the Alleged Perpetrator?
Insoo Kim Berg
What Kinds of Questions in My Initial Assessment Interviews Will Generate Solutions and Enhance Safety?
 
PART FOUR (a): INITIAL ASSESSMENT - GENERAL
Sherri Y Terao, Joaquium Borrego Jr and Anthony J Urquiza
How Do I Differentiate Culturally Based Practices from Child Maltreatment?
Charles Wilson and Donna Pence
How Should Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement Coordinate the Initial Assessment and Investigation?
Ronald Rogers and Chandler Scott McMillin
How Do I Screen Caregivers' Use and Abuse of and Dependence on Alcohol and Other Drugs and Its Effects on Parenting?
David Corwin
How Do I Screen Caregivers if I Suspect that They May Be Dangerous to Themselves or Their Children?
Brett Drake
How Do I Decide Whether to Substantiate the Report?
 
PART FOUR (b): INITIAL ASSESSMENT - NEGLECT
Diane DePanfilis
How Do I Determine if a Child Has Been Neglected?
Howard Dubowitz
How Do I Determine if it is Medical Neglect?
Howard Dubowitz
How Do I Determine Whether a Child's Nutritional Needs Are Not Being Met?
Diane DePanfilis
What Is Inadequate Supervision?
Margarete Parrish
How Do I Assess Neglect among At-Risk Adolescents?
 
PART FOUR (c): INITIAL ASSESSMENT - PHYSICAL ABUSE
Howard Dubowitz
How Do I Determine Whether a Child Has Been Physically Abused?
Howard Dubowitz
What Medical Evaluation Is Needed When Physical Abuse Is Suspected?
John M Leventhal
How Do I Interpret Medical Tests for Physical Abuse?
Charles F Johnson
What Conditions May Be Mistaken for Physical Abuse?
Charles F Johnson
What Are the Tell-Tale Differences between Abusive and Non-Inflicted Injuries?
John M Leventhal
What Is Shaken Baby Syndrome?
Margarete Parrish
How Do I Assess Possible Histories of Physical Abuse Among Assaultive Adolescents?
 
PART FOUR (d): INITIAL ASSESSMENT - SEXUAL ABUSE
Joyce A Adams
How Do I Determine if a Child Has Been Sexually Abused?
Nancy Davis
What Developmental Factors Should Be Considered in Interpreting a Child's Disclosure of Sexual Abuse?
Esther Deblinger
How Should I Interpret Sexualized Behavior in Children?
Robert A Shapiro
The Medical Evaluation for Possible Child Sexual Abuse
When Is It Needed, Who Should Do It, How Should One Prepare for It, and What Will Be Done?  
Robert A Shapiro
How Do I Interpret Laboratory Results for Sexually Transmitted Diseases?
Robert A Shapiro
How do I interpret Results of a Child Sexual Abuse Examination? What Conditions May Be Mistaken for Sexual Abuse?
Joyce A Adams
How Do I Evaluate Suspected Sexual Abuse in the Adolescent Female?
Barbara L Bonner
When Does Sexual Play Suggest a Problem?
 
PART FOUR (e): INITIAL ASSESSMENT - PSYCHOLOGICAL MALTREATMENT
Marla R Brassard and Stuart Hart
How Do I Determine Whether a Child Has Been Psychologically Maltreated?
Ronald Zuskin
Under What Circumstances Is a Child Who Witnesses Violence Experiencing Psychological Maltreatment?
 
PART FOUR (f): INITIAL ASSESSMENT - RISK ASSESSMENT AND SAFETY EVALUATION
Wayne Holder
How Do I Assess Risk and Safety?
Sheryl Brissett-Chapman
How Do I Consider Cultural Factors When Assessing Risk and Safety?
Wayne Holder
How Do I Assure a Maltreated Child's Safety in the Home?
Ronald Zuskin
How Do I Protect Children When There Is a History of Domestic Violence in the Family?
Ronald Rogers and Chandler Scott McMillin
How Do I Protect Children When Caregivers Have Chemical-Dependency Problems?
John R Lutzker
How Do I Protect Children from Hazardous Home Conditions and Other Poverty-Related Conditions?
Kristine Nelson
When Do Family Preservation Services Make Sense, and When Should Other Permanency Plans Be Explored?
Barbara L Bonner
How Do I Decide Whether to Remove the Offender or to Remove the Child?
Wayne Holder
How Do I Assess Risk of Maltreatment in Foster Care and Kinship Care?
 
PART FIVE (a): FAMILY ASSESSMENT - EMPHASIS ON THE CHILD
Becky Frink Sherman and E Wayne Holden
How Do I Assess Child and Youth Behavior?
Becky Frink Sherman and E Wayne Holden
How Do I Assess Child and Youth Development?
Becky Frink Sherman and E Wayne Holden
How Do I Assess Child and Youth Emotional State?
David J Kolko
How Do I Recognize and Assess Common or Important Mental Health Problems in Children?
Charles I Shubin
What Preventive Pediatric and Dental Care Should Children and Youth Receive?
Howard Dubowitz
How Do I Assess a Child's Health Status?
Ross A Thompson
How Should I Assess a Child's Social Support System?
Caroline L Burry
How Do I Assess a Child's Behavior Related to Separation and Visitation?
 
PART FIVE (b): FAMILY ASSESSMENT - EMPHASIS ON PARENTS/CAREGIVERS
John Curtis McMillen
How Do I Assess a Caregiver's Personal History and Its Meaning for Practice?
Sandra T Azar and Champika K Soysa
How Do I Assess a Caregiver's Parenting Attitudes, Knowledge and Level of Functioning?
Prasanna Nair
How Do I Assess the Care of Children with Major Medical Problems?
Marsha K Salus
How Do I Assess the Caregiver's Strengths and Treatment Needs?
Diane DePanfilis
How Do I Assess a Caregiver's Motivation and Readiness to Change?
Prasanna Nair
What Do I Need to Know about Care Needs and Parenting Capacity in Caregivers with HIV or AIDS?
 
PART FIVE: FAMILY ASSESSMENT - EMPHASIS ON FAMILIES
Diane DePanfilis
How Do I Assess the Strengths in Families?
Julia Rauch
How Do I Conduct an Ethnographic Interview to Learn about the Family's Culture?
Vanessa G Hodges
How Do I Assess Family Functioning?
Maureen M Black
How Do I Assess a Parent-Child Relationship?
Ronald Zuskin
How Do I Assess the Treatment Needs of Children Affected by Domestic Violence?
Vanessa G Hodges
How Do I Assess the Likelihood of an Intervention Succeeding?
 
PART SIX: SERVICE PLANNING
Diane DePanfilis
How Do I Match Risks to Client Outcomes?
Mark Courtney
What Outcomes Are Relevant for Intervention?
Vanessa G Hodges and Peter J Pecora
What Is Strengths-Based Service Planning?
Peter J Pecora
How Do I Develop Measurable Goals and Objectives That Match Client Intervention Outcomes?
Caroline L Burry
What Is Concurrent Placement Planning and How Do I Do It?
Lisa Merkel-Holguin
How Do I Use Family Meetings to Develop Optimal Service Plans?
Geoffrey Greif
How Do I Involve Fathers?
Maria Scannapieco
How Do I Develop a Collaborative Intervention Plan with the Kinship Network?
Richard L Norman
What Do I Need to Know to Plan Effectively across Child Welfare Programs?
 
PART SEVEN (a): INTERVENTION - EMPHASIS ON THE CHILD
Mark Chaffin
What Types of Mental Health Treatment Should Be Considered for Maltreated Children?
Barbara L Bonner
What Are Effective Strategies to Address Common Behavior Problems?
Brenda Jones Harden
How Do I Help Children Adjust to Out-of-Home Care Placement?
Sheryl Brissett-Chapman
How Do I Help Children Maintain Their Cultural Identity When They Are Placed in Out-of-Home Care?
John M Leventhal
What Kinds of Pediatric Care Should Abused and Neglected Children Receive?
 
PART SEVEN (b): INTERVENTION - EMPHASIS ON THE PARENT OR CAREGIVER
Sandra T Azar and Monica H Ferraro
How Can Parenting Be Enhanced?
Mark Chaffin
What Interventions Are Available for Nonabusive Parents?
Ross A Thompson
How Can I Help Parents and Caregivers Develop Social Skills and Make Positive Connections to the Community?
Melissa McDermott
What Treatment Is Recommended for Sexual Abuse Perpetrators?
David J Kolko
What Treatment Is Recommended to Address Physically Abusive Behaviors?
David Corwin
What Is the Most Effective Treatment for Depression?
Ronald Zuskin
What Interventions Are Most Effective in Addressing Domestic Violence?
Ronald Rogers and Chandler Scott McMillin
What Are the Treatment Options for Parents with Alcohol or Other Drug Problems?
 
PART SEVEN (c): INTERVENTION - EMPHASIS ON THE FAMILY
Geoffrey Greif
What Do I Need to Know about Family Therapy?
Anthony N Maluccio, Robin Marsh and Barbara A Pine
How Can I Support Biological Families after a Child Has Been Removed from Their Care?
Caroline L Burry
How Do I Facilitate Visits between Foster Children and Their Biological Families That Support the Goals and Objectives of Intervention?
Richard Bolan
How Do I Build Families' Financial Management Skills?
Charles Wilson
How Can I Best Manage the Intervention Process When Multiple Service Providers Are Involved?
Lorelei Schaffhausen
What Is 'Family to Family' and How Does It Support Permanency for Children?
Maria Scannapieco
Foster and Kinship Caregivers
What Are Their Support and Intervention Needs?  
Lorine L Cummings
What Are the Unique Roles of Religious Institutions in Supporting and Strengthening Families?
 
PART EIGHT: EVALUATION AND CLOSURE
Dee Wilson
How Do We Measure Risk Reduction?
Thomas D Morton
When Is Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption the Best Permanency Option?
Thomas D Morton
When Can a Child Be Safely Reunited with His or Her Family?
Maria Scannapieco
Preparing Youth for Independent Living
What Are the Best Methods for Reaching Self-Sufficiency?  
Esta Glazer-Semmel
How Do I Prepare Families for Case Closure?
 
PART NINE: LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES
Dennis Ichikawa
What Rights Do My Clients Have to Information in Their Case Records?
Rebecca J Roe
How Do I Avoid Being Sued?
Linda Spears
What Is the Role of the Caseworker in Juvenile Court?
Paul Stern
How Do I Feel Comfortable Testifying in Court?
Julie Lipovsky
How Do I Help Children Be Comfortable in the Legal System and Improve Their Competency as Witnesses?
John E B Myers
Why Is Communicating with Lawyers so Important and so Difficult?
Howard A Davidson
How Do I Work Effectively with Guardians Ad litem , Court-Appointed Special Advocates and Citizen of Professional Case Review Panels?
 
PART TEN: CHILD PROTECTION PRACTICE - SPECIAL ISSUES FOR THE PRACTITIONER
Joan Levy Zlotnik
What Are the Core Competencies for Practitioners in Child Welfare Agencies?
Caroline L Burry
How Do I Protect My Personal Safety in the Community?
Richard L Norman
How Do I Prevent Burnout?
Eileen Gambrill
How Can Critical Thinking Contribute to Informed Decisions?
Norma Harris
What Can I Do to Cope with the Death or Serious Injury of a Child on My Caseload?
Joan R Rycraft
How Do I Balance Common Sense, Personal Values and Agency Constraints?
Diane DePanfilis
How Do I Use the Case Record to Guide Intervention and Provide Accountability?

"The timing of the publication with the revised Working Together guidelines could not be more advantageous. This book is a unique and important contribution to child care literature. No agency should be without." 

Child Abuse Review

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