New systems for safeguarding children and young people require us to develop more effective, holistic and integrated practice in homes, schools, clubs and communities. Nurses, teachers, police, YOT members, connexions/AIG providers, CAMHS workers, youth workers and family support social workers are helped here to acquire core knowledge and skills...and to get involved. Child protection social workers will find new information and encouragement to apply their skills and experience to best effect in changing circumstances. Everyone will be supported in learning how to make improvements by collaborating amongst themselves together with communities. 36 photocopiable activities, case studies, and practice examples - underpinned by knowledge, theory and evidence relating to child abuse, risk, child development and protection - can be used for self-study, team-building, multi-disciplinary agency training, supporting Local Safeguarding Children's Boards and establishing Children's Trusts. Rich in resources, this comprehensive guide will enable you to undertake effective integrated practice by helping you: make sense of and implement the latest laws and guidance; assess vulnerable children, young people and their families; work in partnership with children, parents and other professionals; use the integrated children's system; ensure your work reflects a children's rights agenda; help young people who are undergoing life transitions to look after themselves; contribute to multi-disciplinary collaborative family support; and practice in a socially inclusive and culturally competent way.