Within social work practice, the body of the child is most visible when it bears the evidence of abuse, in the form of physical injuries or through body language exhibited by the child. Conceptualizing individuals as embodied beings, we argue throughout this book, assists our understanding of human need and attempts to limit suffering. Considering children, also, in terms of their corporeality allows us to better grasp their immediate and future needs and the range of factors that influence their development.
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