This book is concerned with the increasing racial and ethnic diversity evident among families involved with child protection services due to the processes of globalisation and the movement of people across national borders escaping violence and deprivation. Based on applied research derived from an analysis of 30 Serious Case Reviews, it is designed to support social work practice with families from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds where children are considered to be at risk of significant harm. The book is aimed at social work students in the final year of their Bachelors or Masters degree programmes; newly qualified social workers during their first assessed and supported year in employment; and experienced child protection social workers who are intervening with ethnically and racially diverse families. As a study examining practice, which critically engages with theory and practice models, it will also be of interest to social work scholars and educators. While the exemplar case studies presented illustrate practice in the United Kingdom, much of the underpinning research and theory draws on an international literature. As the book addresses child protection practice with families from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds, social workers, trainers and scholars in North America, Australia and many European countries will find a great deal that is relevant to their own contexts.
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