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Child Protection: An Introduction
Child Protection: An Introduction
by Chris Beckett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thought-Provoking Introduction to a Challenging Field, 16 Jun. 2011
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. In Part Four, the problems and dilemmas facing the child-protection system are discussed, including the real-world restraints that can limit professionals' ability to detect and respond effectively to every incidence of child abuse. The author courageously questions some of the assumptions inherent within the current child-protection system and argues that an acknowledgement of its actual limitations may be a pre-requisite for the development of what he refers to as "an environment that is conducive to strong, imaginative, constructive child protection work" (p. 212).Each chapter includes reflective exercises based on actual case histories to encourage the reader to relate the text to the real-life situations that might be encountered in their own professional practice, and concludes with a useful bullet-point summary of the main learning points. The book is written in a clear and engaging style throughout and would certainly provide a thought-provoking reference point for anyone involved in the challenging field of child protection.

Making an Impact: Children and Domestic Violence - A Reader
Making an Impact: Children and Domestic Violence - A Reader
by Marianne Hester
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A recommended read for all professionals supporting children affected by domestic violence., 10 Jun. 2011
A knowledge and understanding of what domestic violence actually is, and the effect it has on those involved, is crucial for practitioners in order to work effectively with children and domestic violence. This Reader was originally commissioned in 1998 by the Department of Health and produced by a consortium consisting of the NSPCC, Barnardo's and the Domestic Violence Research Group at the University of Bristol. This second edition, newly published in 2007, provides an updated review of the research and legislation on domestic violence and the consequences for children. In their introduction the authors hope that the book will enable professionals working with families to develop informed and appropriately sophisticated responses that safeguard and promote the welfare of children living in circumstances of domestic violence.An impressive amount of information is presented, yet the layout of the book is extremely clear and easy to read with the 12 chapters are neatly organised around a three-part structure.

Part One begins by outlining the research evidence for the links between domestic violence and the abuse of children. It highlights that domestic violence is an important indicator of risk of harm to children and assesses the effects on children's lives and future well-being. Statistical data from the British Crime Survey 2001 are also included. Part Two deals with the legal context, discussing protection against domestic violence under criminal, civil and housing law. Two useful tables are presented to summarise the advantages and disadvantages of using criminal law and civil law in cases of domestic violence. Part Three concludes by discussing practice interventions with children, women and male perpetrators of domestic violence. It argues that certain factors such as attention to safety and confidentiality and a non-judgemental approach are key components of effective support-giving. The benefits of multi-agency practice are emphasised. Each of the 12 chapters ends with a concise point-by-point summary, thus making it an easily accessible reference resource for the busy practitioner. An extensive bibliography and a useful subject index are also included. The authors are meticulous in defining their terminology and from the outset make a point of using the term "survivors of domestic violence" in preference to the word "victim", in order to avoid negative connotations of passivity and to convey a more positive approach. They note that children are not merely passive bystanders to the domestic violence occurring around them. They act and make choices, and many children develop a wide range of complex strategies of coping and survival.There is a possibility that some readers may have concerns with the fact that the main focus of this book is only relationships between men and women, and men are largely viewed as perpetrators and women on the receiving end of violence and abuse. The policy and legislation discussed generally pertains to England, and readers in other jurisdictions may feel somewhat left out; nevertheless, this is a recommended read for all professionals who wish to help and support children affected by domestic violence.

When Father Kills Mother: Guiding Children Through Trauma and Grief
When Father Kills Mother: Guiding Children Through Trauma and Grief
by Jean Harris-Hendriks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Source of Help and Advice, 10 Jun. 2011
Children bereaved by the death of one parent at the hands of the other, almost always the father, in effect lose both parents but are often forgotten in the midst of such a dramatic situation. Bereavement is only part of the process, school work, familiar routines and friendships are all disrupted. This is the second revised edition of this book which was first published in 1993 and aims to bring to public knowledge the effects of psychological trauma and bereavement on children. The authors have seen more than 400 children who have been affected by one parent's violent death at the hands of the other and this book is written to help those people who may find themselves having to care for such children for the first time. Written primarily with a professional audience in mind and occasionally using fairly technical terminology it would nevertheless prove a useful source of information for the carers or relatives of children affected. Child survivors of a parental killing may also find it valuable.

Written in three parts, this is a tightly structured book. Part 1 outlines what is known about the general effects of trauma, violence and grief on children and adolescents. Attention is paid both to historical record and to research. Part 2 deals specifically with the effects on children who have experienced one parent killing another. The legal aspects of the tragedy are examined and the role of social workers, guardians and courts as decision makers for the children is discussed. Part 3 summarises the findings from the research and makes recommendations about how to plan services for all children and adolescents affected by either loss or trauma or by both. Two anonymous court reports are also reproduced and these would be of considerable use to social workers, psychologists or psychiatrists who may have to prepare similar documents.

Throughout the book, the authors make a genuine and sensitive attempt to incorporate the views of the young people themselves and two accounts written by young women whose mothers were killed by their fathers are also included. Each chapter begins with a quotation from literature which gives a lyrical quality to already poignant topics and underlines the universal human tragedy of the subject matter. However this is a book which is solidly rooted in practicalities. Well-written, well-indexed and referenced it should prove a valuable source of help and advice.

A Knight Journey: Awakening to The Power of Dreams
A Knight Journey: Awakening to The Power of Dreams
by Samantha Carr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.74

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull. Tedious. Self-Absorbed. Drivel...., 2 Nov. 2009
Have you ever been stuck next to a really boring drunk at a party? The sort that "Jus really really wansa be your besht mate" but can't string a coherent sentence together? This book is that experience in textual form. A compendium of tedium from an remarkably dull and silly woman who hasn't done much but is prepared to tell you about it at great, great length and intricate detail. Each passing fancy and idle though is treated with the self-reverential portentiousness of Holy Writ. The gospel according to Samantha the Starchild is unleashed upon the world, look upon her works ye Mighty and let the Cosmos Tremble! Or something like that...! Complete piffle, utterly barking, but gets one star for being unintentionally hilarious..
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