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Good Practice in Child Protection is a timely practical handbook for use by all professionals who work with child abuse cases as they get to grips with the new legislation on child protection. The contributors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including the social services, medicine, the legal professions and the police force. The book is soundly based on theory, but its main emphasis is on practice, and it includes exercises to improve practice in specific areas of child protection work, enabling workers to achieve the high standards now demanded.

The subjects covered include:

The Children Act and child protection

Recognizing abuse

Preventing female genital mutilation

Communicating with children about abuse

Child protection case conferences

Promoting inter-professional understanding

Victims of child abuse

The police perspective

Supervision and support of workers


A distinguishing feature of the book is its strong practice and training orientation. The majority of chapters contain experiential exercises which can be used by teams or incorporated into training courses, many of which are focused on multi-disciplinary working... Practitioners and trainers will find much in this collection which is of value.
British Journal of Social Work
Will delight trainers. They could use the text as a pattern to mount immediate courses with stimulating exercises.
Community Care
Each chapter is fully referenced, and some include case studies and exercises. I found Good Practice in Child Protection not only interesting but educational. It was harrowing to read the case studies and descriptions, and this shows the vital need of good training, supervision and support for workers in this field or for those who come into situations in which a child may be being abused in any way.
Nursing Standard
This text would be very useful for any doctor involved in the care of children.
Australian Family Physician

Good Practice in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice