Good Practice in Safeguarding Children: Working Effectively in Child Protection

Good Practice in Safeguarding Children: Working Effectively in Child Protection


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Good Practice in Safeguarding Children considers how front-line professionals can keep the best interests of the child at the heart of their work when statutory guidance, the way agencies are integrated and the delivery of services are changing.

Liz Hughes and Hilary Owen have drawn together contributors' experiences of working with safeguarding children on a broad range of issues, including neglect, trafficked children, parents with learning difficulties and child protection supervision. The contributors discuss current dilemmas in safeguarding children work and provide models of good practice, including case scenarios and exercises. This book explores how changes in the system offer an opportunity to enhance the quality of service provision, to achieve better outcomes for children and their families.

This book is a must-read book for all front-line practitioners involved in safeguarding children, including social workers, child and adolescent mental health practitioners, police officers, healthcare professionals, probation workers and teachers. It is also suitable for undergraduate, post-graduate and post-qualifying students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843109457
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 01/15/2009
Series: Good Practice in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Liz Hughes is a consultant nurse in the Integrated Safeguarding Children Service in Sheffield. She was previously a health visitor for 11 years and a child protection specialist nurse for 10 years. Hilary Owen is Assistant Executive Director of Safeguarding and Welfare, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. She was also vice chair of Sheffield's Safeguarding Children Board's Operational Executive Committee for two years. Hilary has written several articles and edited or contributed to several books, including Good Practice in Child Protection and One of the Hardest Jobs in the World: Attempting to Manage Risk in Children's Homes, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Hilary Owen, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Liz Hughes, NHS Sheffield. Chapter 1. From Protection to Safeguarding: Bringing You Up to Date on Statutory Responsibilities. Hilary Owen. Chapter 2. The Contribution of Schools to Safeguarding Children. Flora Bandele, Sheffield City Council. Chapter 3. Making the Most of a Home Visit. Liz Hughes. Chapter 4. Infant Mental Health and Early Attachment. Dipti Aistrop, Sheffield Primary NHS CareTrust. Chapter 5. Working with Unco-operative or Hostile Families. Ruth Pearson, Sheffield Hallam University. Chapter 6. Neglect and Parental Learning Disability. Rosie Jakob, Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, and Gail Gumbrell, Community Learning Disability Team, Bradford. Chapter 7. Safeguarding Children Who Live with Parental Substance Misuse. Mandy Craig, Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board. Chapter 8. Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding Children. Sue Peckover, University of Huddersfield. Chapter 9. Safeguarding Children and Mental Health Practice. Karen Johnson, Derbyshire Mental Health Services. Chapter 10. Safeguarding Trafficked Children. Emma Kelly, ECPAT UK (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children). Chapter 11. Criminal Investigation and Safeguarding; Dilemmas for Policing. Jeff Boxer, National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). Chapter 12. Good Practice in Undertaking Social Work Assessments. Rosie Jakob. Chapter 13. The Most Professional Relationship. Liz Hughes. Chapter 14. Doing Serious Case Reviews Well: Politics, Academia, Risk Management and Staff Care. Hilary Owen. List of Contributors. Subject Index. Author Index.

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