The author covers the history of child welfare, an overview of families that are both functional and dysfunctional, and contrasts healthy child development with development hampered by abuse and neglect. Every type of maltreatment is discussed, from neglect and physical abuse to sexual abuse, domestic violence, and emotional abuse.
The text explains case management procedures and focuses on how various professionals become involved in the child protection process and how treatment is undertaken. The text concludes with a discussion of prevention and a consideration of the future.
1. The Maltreatment of Children from a Historical Perspective.
2. The Family: Roles, Responsibilities, and Rights.
3. Maltreatment and the Developing Child.
4. The Neglect of Children.
5. The Physical Abuse of Children.
6. The Sexual Abuse of Children.
7. Incest: Familial Abuse.
8. Extrafamilial Sexual Abuse, Misuse, and Exploitation.
9. The Emotional and Psychological Maltreatment of Children.
10. Intervention: Reporting and Investigation.
11. Intervention: Case Management and Roles of Other Professionals.
12. The Legal Response to Child Abuse and Neglect.
13. Treatment: Physical Abuse and Neglect.
14. Treatment: Sexual Abuse.
15. Foster Care as a Therapeutic Tool.
16. The Social Worker and the System.
17. Adults Abused as Children.
19. Toward a Better Tomorrow.