Child Maltreatment: Expanding Our Concept of Helping

Child Maltreatment: Expanding Our Concept of Helping

Child Maltreatment: Expanding Our Concept of Helping

Child Maltreatment: Expanding Our Concept of Helping

Synopsis

Recognizing child maltreatment as a complex phenomenon requiring multifaceted responses, this volume provides a current and comprehensive assessment of the problem, and argues for an expanded conception of helping on the part of those who work with maltreated children, their families, and their communities. Contributions follow a general outline that addresses current theory and models of practice, and empirical knowledge regarding the problem, intervention, and outcomes.

Presenting and up-to- date and encompassing view of how to combat child abuse and neglect, this book discusses the concerns of service providers as well as academics. All the prevalent ways of responding to child maltreatment are addressed, and each is discussed in terms of theory, implementation and evidence for its effectiveness.

For use as an undergraduate or graduate level text for courses in child welfare, sociology, family studies, and community psychology. This text would also be insightful for professionals, academics, and policymakers concerned with child welfare.

Excerpt

In the fall of 1987, a conference was held that had been designed to provide a forum for exploring current methods of working with hard-to-serve, vulnerable client populations. Our general plan was to bring together front-line workers and academics: the workers would discuss various innovative approaches to helping such clients, while the academic presenters would provide an analysis of various models and programs, addressing the theoretical and empirical issues they raise.

We expected from the outset that such a conference would generate information valuable to a wide audience of professionals and academics, and planned to disseminate the presentations in the form of a subsequent book. When there was finally time to examine the collection of manuscripts that the conference had generated, we found we actually had sufficient excellent material to justify two books: the present volume and its companion, Intervening with Assaulted Women: Current Theory, Research, and Practice (Pressman, Cameron, Rothery, 1989). in the months that have elapsed since the conference, the authors (and the editors) have been busy updating their material and attending to all the tasks required for converting conference presentations into book chapters. the result, we hope, is a pair of volumes that they will all be proud to have contributed to.

Our motives for undertaking the entire project were not complicated. We have both spent a good many years on the front lines ourselves, as social workers dealing with the kinds of clients and circumstances that are described in the pages of this book. More recently, we collaborated on a piece of research that took us into child welfare agencies across Ontario, interviewing workers about the services they were able to provide to families that would be considered by most . . .

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