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Child Protection: An Introduction 2ed

The Second Edition of this best-selling textbook provides students and practitioners with a broad introduction to, and critical analysis of, the complex issues involved in child protection work. Chris Beckett's approachable style presents these issues in a clear and engaging way, all the time encouraging reflection and debate through such features as case examples and interactive exercises.

The book is fully comprehensive, considering key topics such as:

  • The consequences for children of abuse and neglect
  • The reasons why some adults abuse and neglect children
  • The personal challenges involved in doing child protection work
  • The organizational framework within which child protection work takes place.

Other key features of this thoroughly revised Second Edition include:

  • Fully updated content: the book has been revised to incorporate new literature, research, legal and policy developments, including the recent Working Together guidelines
  • Two new chapters: these comprise a chapter on families where there is domestic violence, and a chapter on promoting strategies for bringing about change
  • Interprofessional appeal: the author addresses the book to all the professionals involved in child protection work, ensuring wide interdisciplinary appeal
  • The new edition of this highly successful textbook will be required reading for students studying social work and allied subjects, and an essential resource for all professionals involved in child protection work.



  • Different Perspectives
  • The Multi-Agency System
  • Making Things Different
  • Personal and Professional


  • Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Disabled Children
  • Harm


  • Origins of Abuse and Neglect
  • Parents with Substance Use and Other Mental Health Problems
  • Parents with Learning Difficulties
  • Violent Homes
  • Poverty and Social Exclusion


  • Abusive Systems
  • Facing Reality

Author Bio

Chris Beckett is a principal lecturer in social work at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge


Child Protection: An Introduction 2ed

Author: Chris Beckett

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