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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Child Neglect

Planning and Intervention

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230206663
Publication Date May 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment in developed countries and it comes in many forms. This is the first book to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to the tasks of planning and intervention faced by professionals in cases of child neglect.

From evaluating the effects of neglect on the child to looking at root causes, this wide-ranging text offers evidence-based, practical guidance to support all practitioners in their work with neglected children. In particular:

• It assesses a range of methods of intervention and how these best apply to the various needs of different families.

• It explores the tensions and dilemmas that practitioners can face when working with neglected children.

• It demonstrates ways that practitioners can work together to promote better outcomes for the child.

• It provides frameworks and prompts, such as engaging case studies and reflective questions that can assist practitioners in their work.

Written by a leading authority on child neglect, this book is essential for all students taking courses in child welfare and will also prove an invaluable handbook for practitioners working with families where there are signs of child neglect.

Jan Horwath is Professor of Child Welfare at the University of Sheffield. She is the author of many books on safeguarding children including Child Neglect: Identification and Assessment.

1. Introduction
2. The Neglected Child: Are we on the Same Wavelength?
3. Neglectful Parenting and the Impact on the Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
4. An Assessment or an Intervention?: Planning, Intervention and the Assessment Process
5. Planning: Engaging with Families and Other Professionals to Bring About Change
6. Interventions: When and How?
7. Promoting Good Enough Parenting: Establishing Firm Foundations through the Provision of Universal Services
8. Addressing Emerging Concerns Through Early Help
9. Chronic Neglect: Working with Complexity
10. Interventions for Children and Parents to Address Specific Parenting Issues
11. Meeting the Needs of Neglected Children and Young People
12. Interventions to Address Specific Issues Encountered by Neglected Children and Young People, Including Out-of-Home Care
13. And Were We Successful?: Evaluating Plans and Interventions.


In this smart, up-to-date book, the reader is treated to a comprehensive coverage of current thinking, planning and intervention in the field of child neglect. Jan Horwath is a well-respected authority and always a great pleasure to read'.-David Howe, Emeritus Professor at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
.'Horwath speaks with authority and insight about child neglect. This is a massively valuable contribution to contemporary thinking about the way forward in dealing with neglect'- Julie Taylor, Professor of Child Protection, University of Edingburgh, UK
'This book is a superb resource for practitioners. Building on a comprehensive account of the adversities that parents face, it offers empathic, evidence-based and accessible methods for helping neglected children.'- Brigid Daniel, Professor of Social Work, University of Sterling, UK
'In her new book Professor Horwath provides an unprecedented overview of what is currently known about child neglect. She brings together a wide range of scholarship as well as her own original research. This is required reading for anyone practising, studying or teaching in this field.'- Ruth Gardner, Head of Strategy and Development, NSPCC, UK
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