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For 18 years, Law for Social Workers has been the leading text in its field, providing students with exactly what they need in order to understand the legal framework in which social workers act. This book covers the laws that protect people from harm and enable social workers to assess needs and provide services to meet those needs. It provides clear information on key issues in social work law, such as the role of human rights and professional ethics, the potential conflict between a social worker's duties to society and the user, and the new focus on partnership working; law and the legal system (with detailed help on issues of discrimination, service users' capacity, and responsible information handling), plus the workings of the courts; working with children, including in the civil and criminal courts; working with adults; and legal issues relating to violence, family breakdown, housing, and immigration and asylum. Each part begins with an introduction to the unifying theme that runs through the following chapters. Individual chapters open with a case study based on a recent case or enquiry, highlighting the vital issues that the chapters will explore. Key learning points are set out early in the chapter, and each chapter contains questions for discussion, further reading, and web links. Online Resource Center The book is supported by a fully interactive Online Resource Centre featuring: Student resources: Video podcasts providing expert advice on court skills for social workers Updates on recent cases and legislation Guidance on answering exercises in the book Glossary Further reading Web links Lecturer resources: Test Bank of 200 multiple choice questions with answers and feedback Lecture outlines, notes and guidance for both lawyers and social workers teaching social work law.
Hugh Brayne is visiting professor at Portsmouth and Thames Valley universities.
Table of Contents
The legal system
The Legal Framework of Social Work Practice
Law and ethics in social work practice
Human rights and equality law
Confidentiality and responsible information handling
Capacity and consent
Responsibilities Towards Children
Safeguarding children and interagency working
The principles and purposes of the Children Act 1989
Local authority support for children and families
Investigation and case planning
Applying to court
Long-term planning for children
Children accused of crime
The child as victim of crime - evidence and protection from the criminal justice system
Responsibilities Towards Adults
Overview - community care services and service users
Assessment of need for community care
Meeting assessed need for community care
Admission to hospital or guardianship for mental disorder
Violence, harassment, and anti-social behaviour in and around the home
Housing and homelessness
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