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June 2000Vol. 1, No. 4Handbook for Child Protection Practice

Edited by Howard Dubowitz and Diane DePanfilis. Sage Publications. 2000. 681 pages. $95 hardcover, $44.95 paperback.

This handbook is a useful tool and reference book for professionals involved in child protection. It provides insights into related disciplines, including social work, mental health, medicine, public health, nursing, law enforcement, law, and education. Practical guidance is offered on all aspects of child abuse and neglect cases, from the initial reporting and screening for child maltreatment to assessments, interventions, and case closure. A special section prepares the practitioner for legal, ethical, personal safety, and emotional issues that may arise.

At the conclusion of most chapters, further reading selections are noted. The appendices include: a list of advisory group members on chapter topics, a test to screen for alcoholism in Michigan, information on sexually transmitted diseases, developmental milestones for ages 0 to 3, schedule of preventive health care, sample genogram, parenting resources, family assessment tools, court process and court-related caseworker activities, resources on child welfare competencies, and national organizations concerned with child protection.

To purchase a copy, contact:
Sage Publications, Inc.
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, California 91320