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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Working with Abused Children

Focus on the Child

Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9780230297944
Publication Date May 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Practical Social Work Series

Working with abused children is a demanding and emotionally charged area of practice in which practitioners must balance sensitivity with statutory obligation. This thoroughly updated new edition emphasises the need for a central focus on the child and their perspectives, to ensure safe and effective work with children and their families.

Opening with the foundations of good practice, the book goes on to capture the perspectives of children through moving first-hand accounts from abuse survivors. Woven through with frank narratives from the author's own practice experience, it discusses the importance of assessment and explores interventions through individual, family and group work.

Keeping the voice of the child at its heart, this edition features:
? all-new chapters on transitions from childhood to adulthood, and on the emotional impact for practitioners in the field, including coping strategies and practice guidance
? new perspectives on practice within the context of current policy, including the Every Child Matters legacy and the Munro Review
? a range of supportive features, such as points for reflection, practice examples and further reading resources.

Since the first edition in 1989, the rhetoric and terminology on safeguarding children have changed beyond recognition. Yet the need to understand and accommodate the abused child's perspective remains. Working with Abused Children therefore continues to be a valuable resource for students, educators and practitioners working within this challenging field.

DR CELIA DOYLE is Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Social Work within the Early Years Division at the University of Northampton, UK. An experienced practitioner with eleven years' experience working for the NSPCC, Celia has written widely on child abuse and child protection.

Laying Foundations
Listening to the Voices of Children
Understanding and Assessing Children
Working with Individual Children
Working with Children in the Family Context Working with Children in Groups
Perspectives of Children in Substitute Care
Resilience and Social Support
Prevention and Society
The Effects of Abuse: The later years
Valuing Child Protection Practitioners.


Reviews of the previous edition: '[A] comprehensive and insightful book which brings together theory, practice and up-to-date research...a useful addition to any personal library or resource room.' - British Journal of Social Work
'From the start the reader is drawn in to Working with Abused Children with admirable ease by Celia's concise writing style and logical order of content...I would recommend this book to anyone working with children across the older professional and voluntary boundaries as it provides practical ways that we can all help abused children.' - Margaret Simms, Social Policy and Social Work
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