Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Child Abuse and Neglect

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Child Abuse and Neglect

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Child Abuse and Neglect

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Child Abuse and Neglect

Synopsis

This book presents and illustrates the perspectives and roles of six disciplines on a multidisciplinary child-protection team. It is intended to be used as part of the academic preparation for professionals from the respective disciplines who are interested in working in the field of child abuse and neglect. It includes educational, legal, nursing, medical, psychological, and social work perspectives and principles, and practice for team development.

Excerpt

The issue of child protection is a front-line issue that tops the list of social concerns in the United States. in recent years, budgetary limitations have precipitated service cutbacks in all areas of child and family services, and the problems faced by families have escalated in the wake of budget cuts. Reports of child abuse and neglect have significantly increased, and discretionary grants that support research, demonstration, service improvements, information dissemination, and technical assistance to child abuse and neglect programs have been seriously limited.

It is widely acknowledged that the effective resolution of child abuse and neglect must include prevention, treatment, and follow-up services under a highly coordinated, comprehensive service delivery system where all players and providers work in concert. the multidisciplinary team approach for child protection has the potential to provide a highly coordinated, comprehensive service delivery system. This approach utilizes the distinct knowledge and skills of specific professions and institutions to contribute to the understanding and effective resolution of child abuse and neglect.

This book presents and illustrates the perspectives and roles of six disciplines on a multidisciplinary child protection team. It is intended to be used as part of the academic preparation for professionals from the diverse disciplines who are interested in working in the field of child abuse and neglect.

The organization and framework for the development of this text evolved out of a three-year curriculum development project at the University of Hawaii, School of Public Health. the project was designed to establish a multidisciplinary course of study for child abuse and neglect prevention. Each chapter addresses a specific discipline and its perspective and role in the multidisciplinary team.

Chapter 1 discusses the history of multidisciplinary teams in child welfare services. the multidisciplinary team approach in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect (CAN) is growing in popularity and acceptance. However, professional training continues to be discipline specific and does not provide or require specialized training for multidisciplinary team skill development. This chapter emphasizes the benefits . . .

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