Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Child Abuse and Culture. Working with Diverse Families

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Child Abuse and Culture. Working with Diverse Families

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Child Abuse and Culture. Working with Diverse Families Aronson Fontes L (2005) Guilford Press, NewYork; ISBN 1 -59385-130-8; HB; xvi + 240 pages; AUD 42.00

REVIEWER

ROBYN NAYDA

Senior Lecturer and Child Protection Consultant

University of South Australia - City East Campus

Adelaide, SA

As the title suggests, this book aims to assist child welfare professionals and agencies to achieve highly effective outcomes in the context of child maltreatment and cultural differences. While many books are now available to assist health professionals to detect and manage suspected child abuse cases, these texts generally give little attention to the context of cultural diversity. This book is therefore very timely, as an increase in cultural differences because of migration is becoming the norm in many countries.

This book is useful for all levels of workers in child welfare, with the author linking philosophical and practical perspectives and using examples to demonstrate principles. Each chapter ends with concluding thoughts and questions to challenge the reader further. The link between chapter contents allows the reader to build an understanding of the concepts and practices in a logical manner.

Chapter 1 contains a discussion of multicultural orientation and child maltreatment work. …

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