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Child Neglect and Emotional Abuse

Child Neglect and Emotional Abuse
Understanding, Assessment and Response

March 2014 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Protecting children from emotional abuse and neglect is a serious and complex area of social work practice. This book takes readers step-by-step through the underlining theory, skills and practice of working with vulnerable children, highlighting essential contemporary research evidence throughout.

Part 1: Understanding introduces the nature and consequences of child neglect and emotional abuse, including up-to-date knowledge about the physiological impact of childhood malnutrition and emotional deprivation.

Part 2: Assessment considers in detail the factors which can contribute to the complexity of the assessment process and explains assessment procedures.

Part 3: Response offers insights into positive interventions, including some innovative modern therapies and family management approaches such as 'PACT'.

Using a series of case studies to make complex skills and knowledge accessible, this is essential reading for students and professionals across disciplines that may come into contact with vulnerable children.

Definitions and the roots of oppression
Lessons from inquiries
Child development: physical and physiological factors
Child development: psychosocial factors
The fear factor
Siblings and the Cinderella syndrome
Inappropriate roles for children
From assessment to response
Attachment issues
Family support and intervention
Promoting resilience in children
Society, prevention and future directions

This articulate overview of child neglect and emotional abuse highlights the seriousness of these fundamental, but sometimes underestimated, types of child maltreatment. The book examines theory, empirical research, case studies and practical applications, providing a comprehensive guide for any reader who is serious about studying this crucial topic.


Dr. Jackie Amos
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. University of South Australia.

This is an important and timely book, drawing our attention to how  developments in theory and research in relation to children's experiences of neglect and emotional abuse inform our present understanding of the issues and consequently change our practices. This  text will be of benefit to a wide range of students and professionals, across disciplines, who are concerned with gaining a deeper understanding of the complex causation and profound effects of the experience of neglect and emotional abuse. Of particular value are the chapters on child development which establish normative developmental trajectories. This is very helpful for practitioners seeking to assess situations where children's experiences have impacted on their development in negative ways; informing, in turn,  intervention strategies.

Dr Trevor Spratt
Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Queens University Belfast

The authors’ wish is that the book is essential reading for professionals working with vulnerable children, and I believe that it achieves this target... It is an excellent general resource which covers a difficult and complex topic with ease and clarity.  Those wishing to extend their knowledge further can use the extensive bibliography to develop their skills and understanding.  Theories, assessment and responses are all clearly presented.  Students would benefit hugely from reading this book, and those with more experience are likely to extend and consolidate their knowledge.

Clare Middleton

An absolute must in relation to the child protection module. This is a really good book in relation to the application of neglect and emotional abuse the two biggest areas in safeguarding.

Mrs Toni Benaton
Britannia Mill Campus, Derby University
June 5, 2019

Comprehensive guide for students on this subject

Mr David John Ellicott
Sociology and Politics, Nottingham Trent University
August 10, 2016

useful supplementary text to recommend to students alongside more general texts on safeguarding and the role of the nurse

Mrs michelle richardson
School of Maternal & Child Health, University of The West of England
February 17, 2016

A very accessible book that uses case studies to illustrate emotional abuse and neglect in context.

Dr Karen Goodall
School of Health in Social Science, Edinburgh University
February 16, 2016

Useful resource for a unit on Multi Agency Working

Mrs Ruth Livingstone
Education , Macclesfield College
February 10, 2016

I found this book to be useful for level 4 and 5 students. A variety of case studies are included supporting students to link theoretical to real life. Useful across a range of modules.

Miss Bethany Frear
Adult Social Care and Childhood Studies, Runshaw Adult College
October 15, 2015

An excellent text and accompaniment for child development and social work assessment practice studies. The book supports and guides social work practice, specifically through early years and beyond. Chapter 6 'Disorders and Development' is particularly useful.

Mr Warren Smith
School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
March 27, 2015

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