Higher Education

Protecting Our Children: Understanding and Preventing Abuse and Neglect in Early Childhood, 1st Edition

  • Sharon Hirschy Collin College
  • Elaine Wilkinson Collin College
  • ISBN-10: 1428361243  |  ISBN-13: 9781428361249
  • 256 Pages
  • © 2010 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $51.75
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PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN provides guidance to teachers, child care and education administrators, health care providers, social service workers, and all who work with young children on how to recognize and understand child abuse and neglect. In addition to history and theory, Hirschy and Wilkinson offer a research-based, practical resource for the best practices in understanding and working with maltreated children. The text enables readers not only to identify abuse and neglect, but also to develop an understanding of the many facets of child maltreatment, find practical ideas to help children and their families, and ultimately reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect. PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN features practical ideas on working with families and children; websites and resources to help those who work with and teach young children; information to better inform their practice; and useful tools such as checklist, and forms.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides information and ideas for professionals in child welfare and health care as well as anyone working with young children.
  • Contains practical ideas on working with families and children in addition to providing websites and information that should better inform their practice.
  • Includes not only history and theory, but also best practices in working with young children.
  • Provides forms and resources to help those who work with and teach young children.

Table of Contents

1. History and Theory of Child Maltreatment.
2. Recognizing and Identifying Child Abuse.
3. Assessing and Reporting Child Maltreatment.
4. What Happens When Abuse and Neglect Has Occurred.
5. Perpetrators—Those Who Abuse and Neglect Children.
6. The Impact of Abuse and Neglect on Children's Lives.
7. Special Topics in Child Maltreatment.
8. Parents and Families and Child Maltreatment.
9. Prevention, Intervention and Guidance: Families.
10. Teacher Styles, Guidance and Ethics in Working with Young Children and Child Maltreatment.
11. Prevention, Intervention and Guidance: Teachers.


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eBank Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 142836126X | ISBN-13: 9781428361263)

The Instructor's Manual contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation. The contents include detailed chapter outlines, activities, NAEYC connections, additional resources, a test bank of multiple-choice, true/false, and sort answer questions for each chapter of the text, and workshop suggestions.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Sharon Hirschy

Sharon Thompson Hirschy has been an educator, social worker and advocate for families and children for 35 years. She is a college professor who teaches courses in child development and education, including Child Abuse and Neglect. Mrs. Hirschy is a former protective services caseworker, child care teacher, and administrator. She is a certified teacher and has taught in first grade and special education classrooms. Mrs. Hirschy is a Certified Family Life Educator who has authored many parenting and child care publications, including several parenting programs. She serves on the advisory board for several national, state and local boards related to children and families. She has been the Assistant Director for the University of North Texas Center for Parent Education and a leader in the development of parent educator standards in Texas. Recognition has included the 2000 Parent Educator of the Year by Practical Parent Education and the Brous Leadership Award for advocacy for early childhood by the Fort Worth Association for the Education of Young Children.

Elaine Wilkinson

Elaine A. Wilkinson has taught in the Early Childhood and Education field for over 30 years, including Child Abuse Prevention courses. She has served on the Texas State Advisory Board for curriculum development for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the North Central Texas Workforce Commission as the sole child care representative on the board, and the Parent Network Advisory Board for the Texas A&M Co-operative Extension Branch. She was invited by the Ministers of Education as an Ambassador to Beijing, China and Budapest, Hungary to visit and observe Early Childhood classrooms in both the farming and city communities in those countries. She also serves on numerous boards advocating for the rights of young children.