Working with Vulnerable Families

Working with Vulnerable Families : A Partnership Approach

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Working with Vulnerable Families embodies the universal edict - that for societies to flourish we must enhance the opportunities for our children to reach their physical, intellectual, emotional and social potential. For families facing issues of marginalisation, poverty, domestic violence, drug and alcohol dependence or mental illness, such ideals can seem particularly daunting. In a thoroughly candid and engaging style, this groundbreaking text transcends narrow professional boundaries to demonstrate how those working in diverse health, education and social welfare settings can work collaboratively with one another and with parents to protect, nurture and support young children from birth to 8 years. The book draws together a broad range of research-based theory, practice wisdom and successful real-world exemplars to explicate the core values, knowledge and skills required when working with families with multiple and complex needs.
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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 20mm | 598.74g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 b/w illus. 17 exercises
  • 0521744466
  • 9780521744461
  • 286,434

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'Prevention of child abuse is among the most difficult challenges facing contemporary societies. In this volume, a number of leading experts provide powerful insights not only into the problem, but more importantly, on the prospects for addressing its solution.' Alan Hayes, Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies
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About Dorothy Scott

Fiona Arney is Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Child Protection. Dorothy Scott is the Foundation Chair of Child Protection and the inaugural Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection.
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Table of contents

Foreword F. Stanley; Introduction; 1. Think child, think family, think community D. Scott, F. Arney and G. Vimpani; 2. Family strengths: an international perspective J. DeFrain, S. Asay and J. Geggie; 3. Harnessing 'resilience' when working with children and families E. Farrall and F. Arney; 4. Working within and between organisations D. Scott; 5. Family centred practice in early childhood settings D. Scott; 6. Sustained nurse home visiting with families of aboriginal children F. Arney, K. Bowering, A. Chong, V. Healy and B. Volkmer; 7. Including fathers in work with vulnerable families R. Fletcher; 8. Parenting in a new culture: working with refugee families K. Lewig, F. Arney, M. Salveron and M. Barredo; 9. Responding to parents with complex problems who are involved with statutory child protection services F. Arney, R. Lange and C. Zufferey; 10. Engaging family members in decision-making in child welfare contexts M. Connolly; 11. Supporting parents whose children are in out-of-home care M. Salveron, K. Lewig and F. Arney; 12. Using evidence-informed practice to support vulnerable families F. Arney, K. Lewig, L. Bromfield and P. Holzer; 13. Spreading promising ideas and innovations in child and family services K. Lewig, F. Arney, M. Salveron, H. McLaren, C. Gibson and D. Scott.
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