I. Child Abuse in Context
1. Why Are Child-at-Risk Cases So Difficult?
2. Routes to Therapy
3. Becoming a Client of "the Welfare"
4. Working-Class Life and the Family Ideal
5. The Genealogy of Relationships
II. The Therapist as Power Broker
6. Initial Meetings: Earning the Parents' Trust
7. Working with "the Welfare" in Child-at-Risk Cases
8. Raising the Stakes in Child-at-Risk Cases: Eliciting and Maintaining Parents' Motivation
9. Rewriting the Story of Abuse
10. Creating a Relationship Discourse
Appendix: The Research Project