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Proactive Child Protection and Social Work

Proactive Child Protection and Social Work

Second Edition

April 2016 | 256 pages | Learning Matters

Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a serious and complex area of social work practice and understanding the critical skills of communicating with and listening to children's voices, and those of their advocates and survivors, is essential. In this new edition of a highly-regarded book, the authors offer a strengthened children's rights perspective and explore four main categories of child abuse - emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and physical abuse. The book also considers legal safeguards and protective processes to increase the creativity and confidence of those undertaking such work. 


Locating knowledge and skills within a series of case examples from real life practice and serious case reviews, this book is an indispensable resource for students, professionals and others concerned with protecting children. This second edition has been comprehensively revised and updated to include current research evidence and a focus on the neglected protection needs of sexually exploited young people, children in custody, disabled children, young carers and unaccompanied child migrants.

Introduction and Key Theme
Legal safeguards and protective processes
Emotional Abuse
Sexual Abuse
Physical Abuse

The revised edition of this book comes at an important time for social workers...Social workers need courage and integrity to fight for social justice for children and to do so they need to be informed by sound evidence as this book provides. 

Phil Frampton

I used this text for an MA cohort who have not worked in the field of child protection social work previously. The text is informative and easy to follow. The topics within the text relate to the different aspects of teaching for my module, allowing me to link the teaching to the essential text.

Miss Rachael Cleveland-Doxford
Faculty of Health and Social Care, Coventry University
May 9, 2024

essential information that supports summative assessments

Mrs Paula Willis
Vocational Education, Newcastle College
September 7, 2021

This is an excellent book for both undergraduate and post-Qualifying social work students. This is one of the best books I have read on child protection.

Dr Charles Batinda-Mugisha
Department of Social Work, Bucks New University
January 15, 2017

This book provides excellent case studies to support the Unit 10 Caring for Children and Young People. It provides valuable information in the arenas of emotional, sexual and physical abuse. It considers the up-to-date legislation and is presented in an easy to follow format. A valuable addition to the BTEC course textbook.

Mrs JULIE Mallinder-Smith
School of Social Science, Blackburn College
October 18, 2016

Provides key information in a challenging and important area of work for specialists and non-specialists alike

Shehzad Malik
Institute of Lifelong Learning (Counselling Dept), University of Leicester
September 13, 2016

Helpful overview of child protection work

Ms Juliet Diane Heaton
School of Applied Social Sciences, De Montfort University
September 16, 2016

This is by far the best book my students could use for they Child Protection unit. It is full of case studies and links theory to practice effortlessly This is very well written it is also inexpensive and I must for trainee social workers

Ms Jayne Barnett
Social Science , Coleg y Cymoedd
April 20, 2016

Up to date and accessible yet considered and reflective reviews and activities for practitioners.

Dr Harriet Churchill
Department Of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield
May 27, 2016

Liz Davies

Liz Davies is an Emeritus Reader in Child Protection at London Metropolitan University and a registered social worker.  She began her academic post in 2002, and gained her PhD, entitled Protecting children - a critical contribution to policy and practice development. Following her work, in the 1970s, as a mental health social worker, she was team manager in the London Borough of Islington where she exposed widescale abuse of children within the care system. In the 1990s, as child protection manager and trainer in the London Borough of Harrow, she developed a specialism in conducting serious case reviews as well as in the investigation... More About Author

Nora Duckett

Nora Duckett is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, Essex and a registered social worker. She began her academic career in 2003 and in 2008 co-authored with Liz Davies, Proactive Child Protection and Social Work. Between 2008 and 2011 she contributed to a 3-year youth homelessness research project, commissioned by the EU, and she is currently undertaking doctorate level study looking at improving understandings of professional dangerousness in child protection social work education and practice. Prior to her academic role, in the mid-1980s, Nora worked in an inner London borough as an unqualified... More About Author

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