Practical Social Work Series

by Founding Editor: Jo Campling

Working with Abused Children

4th edition
by Celia Doyle

Working with abused children is a demanding and emotionally charged area of practice in which practitioners must balance sensitivity with statutory obligation. This thoroughly updated new edition emphasises the need for a central focus on the child and their perspectives, to ensure safe and effective work with children and their families.

Opening with the foundations of good practice, the book goes on to capture the perspectives of children through moving first-hand accounts from abuse survivors. Woven through with frank narratives from the author’s own practice experience, it discusses the importance of assessment and explores interventions through individual, family and group work.

Keeping the voice of the child at its heart, this edition features:
  • all-new chapters on transitions from childhood to adulthood, and on the emotional impact for practitioners in the field, including coping strategies and practice guidance
  • new perspectives on practice within the context of current policy, including the Every Child Matters legacy and the Munro Review
  • a range of supportive features, such as points for reflection, practice examples and further reading resources
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A very good read – ideal for professionals working with abused children. I would definitely recommend it. -Professor Monica Dowling, Head of Department for Social Work, Open University, UK
Endorsements of the previous edition:
[A] comprehensive and insightful book which brings together theory, practice and up-to-date research...a useful addition to any personal library or resource room. -British Journal of Social Work
From the start the reader is drawn in to Working with Abused Children with admirable ease by Celia's concise writing style and logical order of content...I would recommend this book to anyone working with children across the older professional and voluntary boundaries as it provides practical ways that we can all help abused children. -Margaret Simms, Social Policy and Social Work

Author Biography

CELIA DOYLE is Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Social Work within the Early Years Division at the University of Northampton, UK. Celia is an experienced practitioner, including eleven years' experience working for the NSPCC. She has written widely on child abuse and child protection.