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Through the Eyes of a Child: Reducing the Trauma of Child Removal

by Tam Communications
This straightforward teaching tool addresses the little-discussed process of removing children from their homes when they are in serious danger. It offers the essential facts and the dos and dont's of handling these very delicate situations.


Through the Eyes of a Child: Reducing the Trauma of Child Removal
Social workers, child welfare workers, and law enforcement officers are generally trained to handle reports of child abuse. But even these skilled professionals are not always adequately trained in how to properly remove children from their homes in severe cases.

Through the Eyes of a Child addresses the delicate circumstances that arise when child endangerment is serious enough to warrant removal from the home. It emphasizes the traumatic impact children feel from being removed from their families and why the decision must be a last resort only when children are in immediate danger. The video explains, through experts' findings, the lasting psychological trauma removal causes children.

The video reenacts a case handled by a social worker and a police officer in which two children must be removed from their home due to abuse by their mother. It walks viewers through every aspect of this process, from how to prepare before going to a home to the actual removal.
The scenes are narrated with straightforward tips and techniques, and interviews with child welfare and law enforcement experts are interspersed between the reenactments. This insightful training tool reminds viewers to handle each step of the process in a highly sensitive manner, as if seen through the eyes of a child.

The video answers important questions professionals may ask themselves before handling such challenging cases, including what to say to parents, what to say to children, and where to bring a child once removal has occurred. The video stresses the benefits of family cooperation and relatives taking in children, so as to make the process less traumatic for the child. Common situations encountered by caseworkers are reenacted, including how to handle the emotional reactions of children and families.
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Through the Eyes of a Child offers an invaluable look into a process most institutions and employers overlook in training. This video will be an asset to anyone working with families or child protective services. The combination of the accurate depiction of a case and the valuable insights from real experts in the field provides strong teaching material for any professional who may be faced with situations of potential child removal. This is a comprehensive and necessary how-to guide for any worker who may encounter these highly sensitive situations.

From watching this video, you will:
  • Learn the steps and techniques to use in the process of removing a child from a home when he or she is in immediate danger.
  • Understand the psychological and emotional trauma removal causes to children, and learn alternatives to child removal if possible.
  • Describe the removal process, including the things you should and should not say to parents and children and where to place children following removal
Length of video: 00:40:31
English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-513-0
Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-513-7
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