Ann Marie Symonds, Social Worker, Care and Court Planning, Staffordshire County Council and Lee Pardy-Mclaughlin, Principal Child and Family Social Worker, Staffordshire County Council
This is a key text for any frontline child protection worker. It will help them to pro-actively engage with the perpetrator, briefly assess them and consider low-risk interventions. It highlights the challenge of developing a working neutral relationship with the perpetrator and offers guidance on how best to achieve this. The questionnaires and checklists are extremely useful to use as tools during direct sessions with the perpetrator, in particular the story boards. Importantly, this book does not lose sight of the child at the heart of the situation. Overall this should be seen as an essential read for social workers and practitioners from other settings to develop their learning and understanding of domestic violence.