Understanding Child Abuse And Neglect In Contemporary Caribbean Society: A Recipe For Change

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Author House, Oct 24, 2011 - Education - 272 pages
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Child Abuse as a social problem in the Caribbean has only within the past thirty years gained recognition and attention since the emphasis was placed on the more prevalent maternal and child health problems. The phenomenon of child abuse and neglect, however, is not clearly defined due to inadequate surveillance systems within the territories. Studies based on reported cases have established that there are traditional child rearing practices which adversely affect some Caribbean children due to many factors ranging from poverty, inequality, oppression, gender issues, socio-economic disadvantages and loss of values. Because of these deficiencies, various forms of child abuse have been identified particularly in the urban areas which may be considered the outcome of abnormalities in the parent /child relationship and of the society. The Book presents a comprehensive portrayal of the phenomenon of child abuse and neglect in Caribbean society drawing on research and clinical experience. It incorporates history, case scenarios and a variety of effective intervention strategies. In addition, it explains case management procedures focusing on how various professions can become involved in the child protection process; and the need to convey in a different light the changes that need to occur to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. The Book is written for professionals who work in the best interest of children on a daily basis and intended to offer a good basic introduction to the topic. It is a useful tool for therapists, educators, students, social workers, nurses, police officers. It is intended to stimulate those who read it not only to improve their day-to-day practice in responding to child abuse but will also broaden their perspective about child abuse and neglect. The Book also explains how the needs of children and the relationship between them and their parents are predictive of child abuse and neglect; and examines its nature, causes, recognition and response, its effects on children, the legislation and the social and other obstacles to effective implementation of the Law. The author draws attention to the fact that the majority of this study focuses primarily on people of African descent since little is known about children in other ethnic groups.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1
FOREWORD
3
PREFACE
9
CHAPTER 1
17
CHAPTER 2
33
CHAPTER 3
45
CHAPTER 3
53
CHAPTER 4
65
CHAPTER 9
139
CHAPTER 10
165
CHAPTER 11
173
CHAPTER 12
181
CHAPTER 13
185
CHAPTER 14
203
CHAPTER 15
211
APPENDICES
219

CHAPTER 5
73
CHAPTER 6
81
CHAPTER 7
115
CHAPTER 8
123
INTERPROFESSIONAL MACHINERY IN CHILD ABUSE MANAGEMENT
243
REFERENCES
247
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About the author (2011)

Mrs Kirton has been working as a clinical social worker in the child protection team at the Barbados Child Care Board for eleven years. She served as the child abuse coordinator of the team for ten of those years. As a full time team leader, she gained widespread experience in the detection, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect while working with children and families. This resulted in her frequent appearances in court as a material and expert witness. She has lectured extensively on the subject and was a representative at conferences on child abuse and neglect both nationally and internationally. Originally from Barbados, she completed her formal training in the United Kingdom graduating with a Diploma in child psychology and a Certificate and Diploma in social work from the University of Kingston-Upon- Thames. U.K. Since working in the field of child abuse she has received many requests and enquiries on the subject. Her knowledge and experience in this field prompted her decision to author this Book.

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