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Stopping Child Maltreatment Before it Starts

Stopping Child Maltreatment Before it Starts
Emerging Horizons in Early Home Visitation Services

  • Neil B. Guterman - New York University, Silver School of Social Work, University of Chicago, USA, Columbia University School of Social Work, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, University of Michigan, USA, Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel

December 2000 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Early prevention of child maltreatment is most commonly delivered through home visitation services, with the goal of promoting a positive start in parenting to avert potential child abuse and neglect, Stopping Child Maltreatment Before It Starts introduces best practice principles for early home visiting, examining the contexts from which these strategies arise.

Beginning with a discussion of the nature and etiology of physical child abuse and neglect, Guterman then examines the mechanisms by which child protective and early home visitation services have traditionally operated. The book explores best practice principles by providing a detailed "inside tour" of those practices that have been empirically linked with positive outcomes in serviced families. Guterman also discusses in detail ways how home visitation may more adequately address the problem of family substance abuse in reducing child maltreatment risk, and ways visitation can attend to social network and community influences and increase parent empowerment.

An essential text for child welfare courses, Stopping Child Maltreatment Before It Starts will also appeal to practitioners and policy makers in the child abuse and neglect field.

The Darkness of Maltreatment, the Rays of Light in Prevention
Child Maltreatment and Early Childhood
The Paradox of Child Protection, the Promise of Home Visitation
Inside Early Home Visitation
Core Elements of Service

Making the Connection with Families
Who Receives and Benefits from Home Visitation Services?

Combating Dual Abuse
Addressing Substance Abuse in Home Visitation to Prevent Child Maltreatment

Tapping Social Networks in Home Visitation
Empowering Parents in Home Visitation
Revisiting Home Visiting

". . .excellent summary of the home visitation field. . .provides a rich discussion of the model’s historical roots, expanded empirical evidence, and future challenges." 

Deborah Daro
University of Chicago

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