The principal objectives of this book are to enable childcare workers to understand and deal more effectively with cases of emotional and psychological abuse. The concepts of emotional development, emotional abuse, psychological development, and psychological abuse are fully explored and clearly defined, within the contexts of:
Existing literature and research
Childcare legislation and practice
Child abuse enquiry reports, in particular that of Victoria Climbie
The book identifies emotional and psychological development and abuse in specific age categories, 0-4, 5-12, and adolescence. Case studies and vignettes are used to highlight normal development and abusive situations. Comprehensive frameworks which are easily applicable to current practice, are provided, enabling workers to observe and accurately assess the quality of emotional and psychological life of children. Identifying Emotional and Psychological Abuse is key reading for health and social care professionals, as well as students with an interest in child protection.
Kieran O'Hagan was Reader in Social Work, Queen's University Belfast. Previously, he was Principal Case Worker (child abuse) in Leeds, and spent twenty years in front line child protection work and training in various Social Services Departments in England. He has published seven books and many articles (in national and international journals) on numerous aspects of child protection work, particularly on the challenges of emotional and psychological abuse.
Acknowledgements TablesPart one: Understanding emotional and psychological abuse Reflections on Victoria Climbie and Sally Clark: Two cases, two verdicts, same problem Ethical and legal frameworks The challenge of definitions Emotional and psychological development: Emotional and psychological abuse Part two: Observing and identifying normal development and abuse Infants and infancy: The first twelve months Infants II: 12-24 months Two-to-three year olds Three-to-four year olds Four-to-five year olds Five-to-twelve year olds Adolescents Part three: Practice realities and limitations Aaron and Grace: A case study Implementing childcare law: Training and management responsibilities Epilogue References Index