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Child Protection

Child Protection
An Introduction

Second Edition

April 2007 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Praise for the First Edition:

`All readers will be drawn to the style of the book as well as its content. The structure will make sure that it is not just a "one-off", being read as part of a course of study, but a book which is used frequently as a source of reference' - Child Abuse Review

The Second Edition of this best-selling textbook provides students and practitioners with a broad introduction to, and critical analysis of, the complex issues involved in child protection work. Chris Beckett's approachable style presents these issues in a clear and engaging way, all the time encouraging reflection and debate through such features as case examples and interactive exercises.

The book is fully comprehensive, considering key topics such as: the consequences for children of abuse and neglect; the reasons why some adults abuse and neglect children; the personal challenges involved in doing child protection work; and the organizational framework within which child protection work takes place. Other key features of this thoroughly revised Second Edition include:

" Fully updated content: the book has been revised to incorporate new literature, research, legal and policy developments, including the recent Working Together guidelines

" Two new chapters: these comprise a chapter on families where there is domestic violence, and a chapter on promoting strategies for bringing about change

" Interprofessional appeal: the author addresses the book to all the professionals involved in child protection work, ensuring wide interdisciplinary appeal

The new edition of this highly successful textbook will be required reading for students studying social work and allied subjects, and an essential resource for all professionals involved in child protection work.

Chris Beckett is based at the Division of Social Work and Social Policy, Anglia Ruskin University. He is the author of three best-selling Sage textbooks: Human Growth and Development; Values and Ethics in Social Work (with Andrew Maynard); Essential Theory for Social Work Practice.

Find out more about Chris Beckett at the Anglia Ruskin University website

Different Perspectives
The Multi-Agency System
Making Things Different
Personal and Professional
Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect
Disabled Children
Origins of Abuse and Neglect
Parents with Substance Use and Other Mental-Health Problems
Parents with Learning Difficulties
Violent Homes
Poverty and Social Exclusion
Abusive Systems
Facing Reality

This book has all the necessary sections in relation to the provision of a good understanding of the child protection arena - acknowledges the importance of professionalism in analysing risk and exploring evidence-based practice.

Mrs Toni Benaton
Britannia Mill Campus, Derby University
April 19, 2018

Clear descriptions of all areas of child protection with activities within it. Essential reading for all students working with children.

Mrs Yolande Leech
Dept of Early Years, Accrington & Rossendale College
August 15, 2013

An excellent book that I would encourage my students to read to help them with thier safeguarding module

Mrs Maria Johnson
Community Learning Service, North East Lincolnshire Council
December 19, 2012

A very useful and infromative text, with useful activities to incorporate into and stimulate discussion.

Ms Gillian Mills
Education and Applied Social Science, Stockport College
March 6, 2012

Accessible and easy to use for specific reference points and also to reflect on each chapter as a clear area of concern.
Good cross-referencing to other well-established texts, alongside current and thought-provoking examples from the practice context

Mrs Marie Ramsden
Department of Social Work, Hull University
August 19, 2011

I found this book a useful addition to safeguarding children education programmes. I particulary liked the concept of 'poverty and social exclusion' and also the chapter on domestic abuse and its' effects on children. The use of exercises based on practice is a really good addition to teaching this difficult area

Mrs Sally Freeman
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
July 20, 2011

A highly useful introductory text on this important area of social work practice.

Dr Helen Hingley-Jones
School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University
June 13, 2011

An excellent introduction to Child Protection. Case studies provide valuable insight into a range of Safeguarding issues. All Child Branch Nursing Students should read this book.

Mrs Mandy Brimble
Children and Young Peoples Nursing, Cardiff University
June 6, 2011

This offers commentary on a lot of knowledge that would be of interest to practitioners.

Mr Jim Cantwell
Humanities , Waterford Institute of Technology
May 23, 2011

I found this book very interesting and would recomend this for a Level 3 student participating on a Child Protection related course.

Mrs Gail Ramsome
Dept of Childhood Studies, Hull College
April 11, 2011

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Chapter 1

Chris Beckett

Chris Beckett qualified as a social worker in the 1980s, and worked in the field for 18 years, first as a social worker and then as a manager, latterly as the manager of a children and families social work team.  Like most social workers who qualified at that time, he started out as a ‘generic’ social worker, working with a range of service users including children and families, old people, and people with mental health problems and disabilities, but his predominant area of work was with children and families.He moved into academic social work in 2000, working first at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and then at the... More About Author