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"This text stands out in the field [due to] its comprehensiveness. While it makes a conventional bow to the necessity for up-to-date research and evidence-based practice, it is unusual in its insistence that to be fully understood these issues must also be seen in both a historic and a cross-cultural perspective. This updated edition should prove invaluable to students, academics, policy makers and professionals across many jurisdictions." Helen Buckley, Associate Professor and Co-ordinator, Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland "There are many valuable Child Abuse or Child Protection texts available on the market, however very few successful provide a comprehensive resource to support both. Not only does this book provide an excellent insight into the subject of Child Abuse, but it also explores the current difficulties within Safeguarding Children and Child Protection practice, with clear explanation of legislative changes and the modern challenges faced." Amy Dopson, Child Branch Leader Professional Preparation Nursing, University of Surrey, UK "This is a timely and much welcome new edition of Brian Corby's highly respected work. It retains the excellent historical focus of the previous editions, but has been substantially updated to take account of the debates about the reform and reprofessionalistion of social work in the wake of the death of (Baby) Peter Connelly." Sue White, Professor of Social Work, University of Birmingham, UK "This core text surveys the global landscape, recognising that cultural contexts shape definitions of and responses to child abuse and neglect ...The revised edition takes account of new directions in policy and practice in the aftermath of the Munro review in England, notably the need for systemic and therapeutic approaches to practice." Caroline Humphrey, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Hull, UK This best-selling text has been used by countless students, practitioners and researchers as a key reference on child protection issues. The book demystifies this complex and emotionally-charged area, outlining research, history, social policy and legislation, as well as the theory and practice underpinning child protection work. Written by influential academics and practitioners, this updated edition looks at child protection practices in a global context and provides: The latest research and thinking on the causes of child abuse, including new insights from the field of attachment theory An updated overview of child protection practices, ranging from the 19th Century to the recent 'Baby P' tragedy Detailed analysis and coverage of the Munro review of child protection in England and the work of the Social Work Reform Board Insights into the difficulties in understanding risk and protective factors - and suggestions for new ways of approaching and assessing this areaUsing examples to highlight key discussions and points, this book will enhance the confidence, knowledge and skills of practitioners, supervisors and managers.