The Child Protection Practice ManualTraining practitioners how to safeguard children

The Child Protection Practice ManualTraining practitioners how to safeguard children

Gayle Hann and Caroline Fertleman

Print publication date: Jan 2016

ISBN: 9780198707707

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

It is every health professional’s responsibility to be able to identify and respond to child abuse. This book equips health professionals working with children with the knowledge to recognize at-risk children or those already suffering abuse. Child protection work is challenging both emotionally and strategically, and so practical advice on how to navigate the multidisciplinary processes involved is provided using many challenging cases and exercises. The realistic fictional cases aim to immerse readers in the scenario and challenge them on how to take action to safeguard the children involved. Real cases in which children suffered actual harm are also presented, and readers are taken through the learning points, recommendations, and subsequent changes in legislation. New challenges in child protection from trafficking, child sexual exploitation, gang violence, radicalization, and internet bullying and abuse are defined, and abuse resulting from cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, witchcraft and spirit possession, honour-based violence, and forced marriage is also covered. Advice is provided for those undertaking work in low-resource settings with non-government organizations and charities. Practical advice is offered on accurate documentation, writing police and court reports, talking to parents, and answering frequently asked questions. New gender-specific anatomically positioned body maps of infants, toddlers, young children, and teenagers are included to help improve medical record-keeping. The complicated safeguarding process is broken down into palatable and stimulating chunks that can be read in a few sittings or just dipped into for advice.