Protecting children from abuse is a serious matter, demanding critical thinking, tenacity, resilience, courage and compassion. This book is designed to show how the social work task of protecting children works. It aims to increase the confidence of those undertaking the work, who need to know and understand the processes involved to be better able to form part of the proactive child protection network. It locates knowledge and skills within a series of case examples from the authors' actual practice, making the book an indispensable resource for students, professionals and others concerned with protecting children.
Introduction: Legal safeguards and protective processes