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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 4 edition (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335245099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335245093
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

The late Brian Corby was one of the leading experts on child care and child protection, and published extensively on the subject. He was Professor of Social Work Studies and Head of the Department of Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire, UK from 2001-2007.

David Shemmings is Professor of Child Protection Research at the University of Kent, UK and Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

David Wilkins is Honorary Lecturer, Centre for Child Protection Studies, University of Kent; PhD student at the University of Kent and Principal Child and Family Social Worker, London Borough of Enfield.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda H on 6 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
This text explores the 'received wisdom' of current social work practice through the discussion of the available evidence base, its strengths and limitations. The authors highlight the difficulty of establishing causal relationships and offer helpful mechanisms to better understand the problem of child abuse. Unlike many books which seek to link academic research to operational practice, this text benefits from having been written by authors who clearly have significant experience of both.

The breadth of the areas covered is impressive. The initial chapters on the social history of child abuse provide a fascinating insight, clarify widely held beliefs and set the tone for the rest of the book. The interesting examples given to illustrate the complexity of social research ensure that even those less familiar with the methodology can understand the concepts presented and engage fully with the discourse.

This authors achieve exactly the right balance between presenting a range of theoretical studies and explaining how these relate to current thinking and practice. It is particularly thought provoking when commonly held assumptions are shown to be based on flawed or inconclusive evidence and the book highlights a number of these.

There is no doubt that reading this book will encourage a more sophisticated understanding of the evidence base which will in turn impact on operational practice. It should be essential reading for students, social workers, managers and other key professionals whose understanding of child abuse is crucial in their work to safeguard children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Winters on 10 Dec. 2012
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I would recommend this book to anyone who deals with child protection on a formal level. I found it especially useful because of the detail it gives of cross-cultural perspectives; as a Probation Officer it is vital to be aware of the ways different cultures view child abuse and the types of abuse that most commonly occur in different parts of the world, in addition to understanding more about abuse in the uk. The text is engaging, informative and very readable.
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By barbieprincess on 3 Mar. 2013
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I got this book to further my reading for my university course on Youth Studies and I have found it perfect for the course. As a year one student it is going to be essential for my year two and three studies also. I showed one of my lecturers this book and asked his opinion on it, and he is making this book one of the core books for next years students. It is also being put as core reading for a further two subjects at university. The library ordered copies of it for current students and they were all checked out as soon as they were put on the shelf.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough for students and professionals.
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