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In the Firing Line. Violence and Power in Child Protection Work. Wiley Series in Child Care & Protection

  • ID: 2248355
  • Book
  • January 2002
  • 234 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Serious child protection failures haunt health and welfare agencies around the world.

This ground–breaking book provides evidence to link two issues of major concern to health and welfare professionals: the re–abuse of children and violence against child protection workers. Janet Stanley and Chris Goddard propose that by recognising the violence faced by protective workers, protection of children under the care of protective services will be increased. Furthermore, they argue that failures in child protection have been too often followed by failures in the child death inquiry systems.

Based on interviews with protective workers and rigorous examination of their case files, In the Firing Line draws links between the traumatised and isolated child protection worker and the traumatised and isolated re–abused child. Using the words of the workers themselves, the stresses of being "in the firing line" are vividly brought to life. Case studies highlight the full extent of violence in many children′s lives. The book proposes that, in serious cases of abuse, new approaches and understandings are required if children are to be protected from repeated abuse, long–term psychological injury and perhaps death.

In the Firing Line is essential reading for all professionals, policy makers, students and educators in child care and protection. It is also important for those who work with clients/customers who have the potential to be violent and for those who are responsible for the supervision and management of staff who work with potentially violent clients.
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About the Authors.


Children and Workers in the Firing Line: Messages from the Case Files and Interviews.

The Shifting Foundations of Child Protection: The Context of the Victorian Study.

The Failure to Protect: Child Deaths due to Familial Assault or Neglect.

The Failure to Protect: Repeated Abuse.

The Social Worker–Client Relationship: From Love to Violence and Beyond.

Protective Workers in the Firing Line: The True Extent of Violence and Isolation.

Hostage Theory.

Child Protection Workers as Hostages.

Beyond the Firing Line: A Broad Perspective.

Supervision: From Part of the Problem to Part of the Solution.

The Firing Line Revisited.

Appendix: The Victorian Study.


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Janet Stanley
Chris Goddard
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