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Reaching Out: Working Together to Identify and Respond to Child Victims of Abuse, 2nd Edition

By Pearl Rimer, Betsy Prager
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Soft Cover
224 pages
ISBN-10: 0176582983
ISBN-13: 9780176582982
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 2nd

Everyone has a role to play in identifying and responding to child abuse and family violence. This book is written for professionals and paraprofessionals who work with children and their families, and post-secondary students. Early childhood educators, teachers, nurses, social workers, and others are in unique positions to identify children and families at risk for abuse, and to report their suspicions to the appropriate authorities. They are also in unique positions to respond to children and families when abuse has occurred, and help children and families through the healing. They are well placed to educate and support children and families, and possibly prevent child abuse and violence. Reaching Out provides information clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of those providing services to children and families with respect to child abuse, neglect, and family violence.


  • *NEW* New topics, including cyberbullying, female sex offenders, societal abuse, and caring for caregivers are discussed throughout.
  • *NEW* The text expands upon developments in the research and practice in this field, particularly with the growth of the Internet and social media.
  • *NEW* Statistics and examples presented in the text have been thoroughly updated.
  • *NEW* Chapter 9: Perspectives on Prevention addresses how professionals can help to prevent child abuse from occurring by reading early warning signs.
  • *NEW* New legal information related to the revised Criminal Code of Canada has been included.
  • The text provides those who work and will work with children and families with the background knowledge to respond appropriately to the disclosure of child abuse and to help the healing.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Child Abuse Defined
  • Chapter 2: The Causes and Dynamics of Child Abuse
  • Chapter 3: Personal Responses to Child Abuse
  • Chapter 4: Clues and Cues
  • Chapter 5: The Disclosure of Child Abuse
  • Chapter 6: The System?s Response to Child Abuse
  • Chapter 7: Allegations Against Those Working in the Field
  • Chapter 8: Helping the Child and Family
  • Chapter 9: Perspectives on Prevention
  • Chapter 10: Achieving a Broader Perspective