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Children Who Commit Acts of Serious Interpersonal Violence

Messages for Best Practice

Edited by Ann Hagell and Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent

Quick Overview

This book explores risk management and successful intervention for children in care who have committed, or are at risk of committing, acts of serious violence. The contributors provide an overview of the factors leading to extremely violent behaviour and discuss the complexities of diagnosis and definition from a multidisciplinary perspective.
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Paperback / softback
2006, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 256pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-384-4
£22.99
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Available as an ebook from these retailers. eISBN: 978-1-84642-545-5

Description

Children Who Commit Acts of Serious Interpersonal Violence explores risk management and successful intervention for children in public care who have committed, or are at risk of committing, acts of serious violence.

The contributors identify different subgroups of children who are difficult to place, including those who sexually offend and those who murder, and outline the key characteristics and patterns of need they display. They provide an overview of the risk factors leading to extremely violent behaviour and discuss the complexities of diagnosis and definition from a multidisciplinary perspective. The book proposes strategies for effectively managing these children, drawing evidence from international practice and research projects. It highlights the limitations of current structures and makes recommendations for future development.

Children Who Commit Acts of Serious Interpersonal Violence will be a key reference for those individuals and organisations working with potentially dangerous children, and will encourage the reader to think creatively about good practice.

Reviews

'Due to the broad contexts covered, this book seeks to reach multiple audiences. The text is not only tailored to the general population, such as parents and teachers, but also to clinicians who work with troubled adolescents on a day-0to-day basis... this book successfully brings awareness to an issue that affects adolescents and adults across the world... this text present strong arguments on the importance of the family in developing adolescents... This book makes its mark in the study of adolescence by examining psychological and social influences that serve as the foundation for delinquent and serious violent behaviour.'
- Journal of Youth and Adolescence

'Overall, this is a timely and well-presented book. It engages with the very important and topical issue of managing the most challenging and vulnerable children in society'
- Fred Gravestock, Director of Care and Learning, New Horizons

'Having just been allocated the case of what might be considered an example of one of the subject children of this book, I found reviewing it particularly interesting and relevant. The editors have gathered together a number of respected academics from various disciplines. The focus is the risk management of, and successful intervention for, children in public care who have, or are at risk of, committing serious interpersonal violence... What particularly appealed was the international comparison, with chapters looking at the Netherlands, Germany and Greece. Hagell points out that despite the cultural differences between countries there remain a lot of similarities, including the characteristics of the children, the various options tried with them, and the best approaches available... This is a welcome book, and one which deserves to be read by everyone working with and around children who commit serious violence.'
- Professional Social Work

'The authors utilize multiple examples of research to support their claims and provide the reader with a clear interpretation of their main contentions. This book makes its mark in the study of adolescence by examining psychological and social influences that serve as the foundation for delinquent and serious violent behaviour.'
- Journal of Youth & Adolescence

'[T]his is a timely and well presented book. It engages with the very important and topical issue of managing the most challenging and vulnerable children in society.'
- Journal of Children's Services

'The publication deals with different groups of children in different ways, exploring children who are difficult to place, children who behave anti-socially, children who are sexually abusive and children who have murdered or committed manslaughter, and presents outcomes and practical solutions. It is an edited collection of work, which draws on a wide breadth and depth of knowledge and would be useful for anyone working with potentially dangerous children.'
- Child Right

'The book concerns itself with exploring risk-management and the successful intervention with children who are in public care and who have committed offences of a fairly serious nature, usually involving violence... The book is of considerable value to those dealing with young persons who are on the fringe, or already becoming criminals and recidivists.'
- Internet Law Book Reviews

'This work provides a comprehensive review of the issues facing practitioners working with these troubled young people. These are the children who are involved in the most serious cases ranging from sexual abuse, to children who find themselves looked after in the care system, to those whose offences include murder or manslaughter.'
- Seen and Heard the quarterly journal of Nagalro

'This book offers an overview of many interesting issues for practitioners working with violent children. Some of its recommendations are practical and many of its observations useful and helpful, so I recommend it for professionals who want to look at research from the UK and elsewhere. The book provides examples and ideas that practitioners can apply to their own practice and be re-energized to pursue their own approach.'
- Journal of Social Work Practice

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