- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Open University Press; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0335216579
- ISBN-13: 978-0335216574
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.4 x 23.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Working with denied child abuse: the resolutions approach: The Resolutions Approach Paperback – 1 Sep 2006
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About the Author
Andrew Turnell is an Independent Child Protection Consultant at Resolutions Consultancy, Perth, Australia.
Susie Essex is Consultant Family Therapist for North Bristol CAMHS.
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Imagine you are Jasmina, a social worker on a long-term social services team, and you are presently working with a family comprising Jack, a 42-year-old real estate agent, Janice, a 39-year-old part-time child care assistant, and their daughter Rosemary, who is currently 17 and a half. Read the first page Browse Sample Pages
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As someone working in the frequently exploding minefield that is child protection, I found this book to be an inspiring and compelling read. The book has given me a whole new perspective, as it challenges conventional (and often quite scary) ways of working with these complex cases.
There are frankly too many thought provoking and head nodding moments to mention, but the idea that you don't necessarily need a'confession' to engage and work effectively with the likely abusing carer really stood out for me. Using the resolutions approach, Turnell and English advocate "stopping the abuse, not (necessarily) the family", by developing and implementing a rigourous safety plan around the child and creating a safety network, including involving the child and other family members using words and pictures.
This is practice based evidence, and in the areas where this resolutions approach has been used, the reabuse rates and numbers of children in the LAC system are low.
I would urge anyone working in the child protection arena to read this book and then forcibly encourage their colleagues to read it by whatever means necessary, because adopting this way of working can only improve outcomes for vulnerable children and their families. This could well be the way forward in child protection, god knows we need it.
Having said that the approach is straightforward (possibly even simple) this should not be confused with easy. To use the approaches in the book you will need massive amounts of professional integrity and personal resilience, you will need time and courage to go as fast as the family safely can (no slower, no faster), and the wisdom of Solomon to make judgements that can literally be life and death. However, if you are thinking of reading this book you are probably already in that position and this book will help you do it better.
For anyone working in child protection I would strongly recommend this book, perhaps with a rider that you make your line manager read it as soon as you have finished it (or get them to buy their own copy and read it alongside you).
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