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Tackling Child Neglect

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Introduction. Ruth Gardner, University of East Anglia and NSPCC, UK. Part 1: The effects of child neglect: Understanding and responding. 1: The effects of emotional neglect in the first two years of life. Jane Barlow, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK. 2: Child neglect and the development of communication. Jan McAllister, University of East Anglia, UK and Wendy Lee, The Communication Trust, UK. 3: Making a difference to the neglected child's lived experience. Jan Horwath, Sheffield University, UK. Part Two: Perspectives on child neglect. 4: Child neglect, the research landscape. Debra Allnock, University of Bedfordshire, UK. 5: Learning from children and young people about neglect. Sarah Gorin, Consultant Researcher, UK. 6: General Practitioners' responses to child neglect. Jenny Woodman, General Practitioner, UK. 7: Responding to child neglect: Learning from Serious Case Reviews. Marian Brandon and Pippa Belderson,University of East Anglia, UK. Part Three: Preventing and reversing child neglect: An international picture. 8: 'What happens?' and 'what works?' with Sign of Safety. Amanda Bunn, Freelance Research Consultant and Practitioner, UK, Leigh Taylor, Senior Practitioner, Edinburgh, UK, Dan Koziolek, Carver County Community Social Services (CCCSS), Minnesota, USA and Andrew Turnell, Director, Signs of Safety (R), Australia. 9: Practices targeting child neglect: The use of SafeCare (R) to enhance parenting skills to reduce neglect. Whitney L. Rostad, Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development, Georgia State University, USA, John R. Lutzker, Director, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA and Katelyn M. Guastaferro, The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, USA. With a note on the UK evaluation of SafeCare by Gillian Churchill. 10: Video Interaction Guidance: Providing an effective response for neglected children. Hilary Kennedy, Director, Video Interaction Guidance, UK, Maeve Macdonald, Educational Psychologist and Paul Whalley, NSPCC, UK.

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A compendium of expert insights into the complex and challenging field of child neglect

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Ruth Gardner (BA, MSc, PhD) is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Children and Families at the University of East Anglia, with research interests in preventive family support, safeguarding children and evidence-based children's services. From 2010 to 2013 she was Head of Strategy and Development for child neglect at the NSPCC.


Tackling Child Neglect is an excellent and thought provoking book which critically re-examines the importance of neglect and its pernicious effect on the well-being and welfare of children and young people. The book comprises three main sections as authors present renewed and challenging commentary for the multi-professional audience in revisiting our understandings of neglect, various perspectives of neglect and international approaches on prevention. There are many salutary messages including a reminder of the significance of the chronic, negative impact of the lack of emotional availability of the child's care giver. The voices of children and young people are amplified in their understandings and experiences of neglect and this important focus should inform further research and improve practice in prevention and early help for children and their families. -- Claire Richards, National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse and Chair of BASPCAN In this excellent book, Ruth Gardner has brought together a number of leading international experts in the business of recognising and understanding, assessing and dealing with neglect. We hear of the latest research on what causes and sustains neglect. We are introduced to some imaginative and engaging ways of assessing neglect that actively and therapeutically involve the parents themselves... This is a book full of sound thinking and original ideas. I defy anyone who reads this compilation not to come away feeling even more inspired, enthused and yes, even optimistic as they work with both the parents who neglect and the children who are neglected. -- From the foreword by David Howe Tackling child neglect is becoming a prominent political concern as its damaging lifelong effects are better evidenced, so this is a very timely book. It offers a comprehensive look at child neglect so there is something for everyone wanting to learn more about this topic. It covers the latest understanding of the incidence, causes and harmfulness of neglect, and it reports on several promising ways of tackling it. A valuable addition to the literature. -- Professor Eileen Munro

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