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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 2nd edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412920922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412920926
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.3 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All readers will be drawn to the style of the book as well as its content. The structure will make sure that it is not just a "one-off", being read as part of a course of study, but a book which is used frequently as a source of reference (review of first edition). --Child Abuse Review

About the Author

Chris Beckett qualified as a social worker in the 1980s, and worked in the field for 18 years, first as a social worker and then as a manager, latterly as the manager of a children and families social work team.  Like most social workers who qualified at that time, he started out as a ‘generic’ social worker, working with a range of service users including children and families, old people, and people with mental health problems and disabilities, but his predominant area of work was always with children and families.

He moved into academic social work in 2000, working first at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and then at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.  In addition to his social work text books, he has published academic articles on a variety of topics including the use of military language in social work, the importance of realism as an ethical principle, and statistics from Sweden about child abuse, following the legal ban there on corporal punishment.  His main research area has been decision-making in court proceedings about children, and decision-making about children more generally.

Chris has a parallel career as a writer of literary science fiction, and has achieved some acclaim in this field.  He won the Edge Hill Short Fiction prize for his story collection, The Turing Test, and the Arthur C. Clarke award for his novel Dark Eden.  He now divides his time between his academic career and his fiction writing.   More information about his fiction can be found at www.chris-beckett.com.  His view is that ‘academic’ and ‘creative’ writing have more in common than might at first sight appear: in both cases the author begins with a jumble of ideas that seem to him to be in some way linked together, and attempts, in large part by a combination of intuition and trial and error, to impose some shape and structure.

Chris has three adult children, and lives in Cambridge with his wife Maggie and sundry animals.


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In this significantly revised second edition of Chris Beckett's best-selling textbook on child protection (first published in 2003) the author provides students and practitioners with an accessible introduction to the complex issues involved in child-protection work. The book focuses mainly on the "acute" end of the spectrum of services to children, to discuss the protection of children and young people who have already been subject to serious maltreatment or who are in imminent risk.

It consists of 14 chapters that are coherently structured into four main sections and followed up with a comprehensive reference list and index.Part One outlines the historical development of the UK child-protection system, including an acknowledgment of the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary issues that may arise. There is an emphasis on the specific legal and procedural framework that operates within England and Wales, yet readers from other jurisdictions will still find much that is relevant.Part Two examines the issue of child maltreatment and its consequences, and includes chapters on definitions of the various forms of child abuse and neglect, the special vulnerabilities of disabled children and a discussion of both physical and psychological harm. The controversial issue of ritual abuse is also given a brief mention. Part Three goes on to consider the question of when and why abuse and neglect occurs, appropriate responses and associated external factors. It also includes chapters discussing the issues of parental mental illness and substance abuse, parents with learning difficulties, domestic violence and the effects of poverty and social exclusion.
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Brilliant book! Still very relevant even though the working to safeguard children guidance has been updated since this book was published. I found it very easy to read and follow. Highly recommended to anyone studying safeguarding children
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This is a great book that I think will be very useful when starting university. It was fantastic value for money and came really quickly.
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A good book for my Uni course.
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