Duty of Care in the Human Services: Mishaps, Misdeeds and the Law

Duty of Care in the Human Services: Mishaps, Misdeeds and the Law

by Rosemary Kennedy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521720249

ISBN-13: 9780521720243

Pub. Date: 12/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The human services are established to support the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our society. Yet media and other reports frequently highlight a disturbing picture of industry failures, malpractice and abuse. This book addresses the response of legal and quasi-legal bodies to human service failures. It outlines those areas of law which are most likely

Overview

The human services are established to support the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our society. Yet media and other reports frequently highlight a disturbing picture of industry failures, malpractice and abuse. This book addresses the response of legal and quasi-legal bodies to human service failures. It outlines those areas of law which are most likely to be activated by human service shortcomings, and those aspects of direct human service delivery which are most likely to attract legal attention. Essential reading for those studying or working in human services and social work, this book is designed to alert people to the legal risks arising as a result of inadequate human service delivery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521720243
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Author's note xi

Part 1 Positioning and mapping the territory of human service mishaps and misdeeds

Chapter 1 The shadow world 3

Chapter 2 Ideals, actors and actions 22

Part 2 Mishaps and misdeeds through a law lens

Chapter 3 Public law of general application 49

Chapter 4 Public law of particular relevance to the human services 68

Chapter 5 Private law and suits 87

Chapter 6 Private law - negligence 104

Chapter 7 Private law - other torts and civil actions 125

Chapter 8 Legal processes, quasi and indirect legal scrutiny 140

Part 3 Mishaps and misdeeds through a human services lens

Chapter 9 Service delivery - screening, assessment and planning 165

Chapter 10 Service delivery - implementation and closure 185

Chapter 11 Information and records management 208

Chapter 12 Relationships, rifts and reactions 234

Part 4 Mishaps and misdeeds through a unified lens

Chapter 13 The consequences lottery 249

Coda 267

Appendix: Finding the law and cases 275

References 278

Index 305

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