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Child Abuse: An evidence base for confident practice [Paperback]

Brian Corby , David Shemmings , David Wilkins
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1 Nov 2012 0335245099 978-0335245093 4
"This text stands out in the field [due to] its comprehensiveness. While it makes a conventional bow to the necessity for up-to-date research and evidence-based practice, it is unusual in its insistence that to be fully understood these issues must also be seen in both a historic and a cross-cultural perspective. This updated edition should prove invaluable to students, academics, policy makers and professionals across many jurisdictions."
Helen Buckley, Associate Professor and Co-ordinator, Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

"There are many valuable Child Abuse or Child Protection texts available on the market, however very few successful provide a comprehensive resource to support both. Not only does this book provide an excellent insight into the subject of Child Abuse, but it also explores the current difficulties within Safeguarding Children and Child Protection practice, with clear explanation of legislative changes and the modern challenges faced."
Amy Dopson, Child Branch Leader Professional Preparation Nursing, University of Surrey, UK

"This is a timely and much welcome new edition of Brian Corby's highly respected work. It retains the excellent historical focus of the previous editions, but has been substantially updated to take account of the debates about the reform and reprofessionalistion of social work in the wake of the death of (Baby) Peter Connelly."
Sue White, Professor of Social Work, University of Birmingham, UK

"This core text surveys the global landscape, recognising that cultural contexts shape definitions of and responses to child abuse and neglect ... The revised edition takes account of new directions in policy and practice in the aftermath of the Munro review in England, notably the need for systemic and therapeutic approaches to practice."
Caroline Humphrey, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Hull, UK

This best-selling text has been used by countless students, practitioners and researchers as a key reference on child protection issues. The book demystifies this complex and emotionally-charged area, outlining research, history, social policy and legislation, as well as the theory and practice underpinning child protection work.

Written by influential academics and practitioners, this updated edition looks at child protection practices in a global context and provides:

  • The latest research and thinking on the causes of child abuse, including new insights from the field of attachment theory
  • An updated overview of child protection practices, ranging from the 19th Century to the recent 'Baby P' tragedy
  • Detailed analysis and coverage of the Munro review of child protection in England and the work of the Social Work Reform Board
  • Insights into the difficulties in understanding risk and protective factors – and suggestions for new ways of approaching and assessing this area
Using examples to highlight key discussions and points, this book will enhance the confidence, knowledge and skills of practitioners, supervisors and managers.

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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: 24 x 17 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,299 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Linda H
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential 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 Akaur
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amazing book well worth the purchase and so easy to read well done to the authors great care was put into this and its has helped me in my learning
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 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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