Safeguarding Children from Emotional Maltreatment: What Works

Safeguarding Children from Emotional Maltreatment: What Works

Paperback Safeguarding Children Across Services

By (author) Jane Barlow, By (author) Anita Schrader


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  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 14mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849050538
  • ISBN 13: 9781849050531
  • Illustrations note: 6 figures and 4 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,016,670

Product description

Emotional maltreatment is widespread and has a profoundly harmful effect on a child's development. The effects of abuse are often carried into adulthood, and emotionally abused children are more likely to experience a range of problems as adults including depression, substance misuse and eating disorders. This book sets out to identify 'what works' in preventing emotional maltreatment from recurring. Since most emotional maltreatment takes place within the family home, involves the primary care-giver and reflects ongoing patterns of damaging parent-child interaction rather than isolated incidents, interventions directly targeting parent-child interactions are highlighted. The authors explore the available treatments, identifying which approaches work, who they work with and the limitations of each. Conclusions and recommendations based on the key findings are presented, including implications for practice and over-arching issues to be addressed. Safeguarding Children from Emotional Maltreatment is essential reading for all practitioners working in the field of emotional abuse and neglect, including social workers, health visitors, community paediatricians and psychologists.

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Author information

Jane Barlow is Professor of Public Health in the Early Years. She is Director of the Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit (WIFWU), which provides training and research in innovative evidence-based methods of supporting parenting during pregnancy and the early years. Jane has also researched extensively on the effectiveness of interventions aimed at preventing and treating abuse and is a strong advocate of a public health approach to child protection. Dr Anita Schrader is Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and former director of the UK Consortium for Street Children.

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The book is based on a systematic review of the literature using studies published since 1990 which evaluated parent or parent-child or family-focused interventions... It is fairly short and clearly written... would highly recommend it to both practitioners and policy makers. Child Abuse Review

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Section 1. Emotional Maltreatment and its Consequences. 1. Introduction. 2. What is Emotional Maltreatment? Section 2. Preventing the Occurrence of Emotional Maltreatment. 3. Population-Based Approaches. 4. Targeted Approaches. Section 3. Preventing the Recurrence of Emotional Maltreatment. 5. Parent-Focused Interventions. 6. Parent-and-Child-Focused Interventions. 7. Family-Focused Interventions. Section 4. What Needs To Be Done? 8. What Works to Prevent Emotional Maltreatment? 9. Implications for Practitioners and Policy-makers. References. Appendices. Index.