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Overview


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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199211166
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugh Brayne is a tribunal judge in social security, immigration and mental health tribunals. He is currently visiting professor at Portsmouth and Thames Valley Universities. Helen Carr is Lecturer in Law at the University of Kent

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Law 1

1 The legal system 3

Pt. II The Legal Framework of Social Work Practice 45

2 Law and ethics in social work practice 47

3 Human rights and equality law 71

4 Confidentiality and responsible information handling 97

5 Capacity and consent 131

Pt. III Responsibilities Towards Children 147

6 Safeguarding children and interagency working 151

7 The principles and purposes of the Children Act 1989 177

8 Local authority support for children and families 199

9 Investigation and case planning 231

10 Writing reports 256

11 Applying to court 273

12 Evidence 316

13 Long-term planning for children 348

14 Children accused of crime 376

15 The child as victim of crime - evidence and protection from the criminal justice system 417

Pt. IV Responsibilities Towards Adults 431

16 Overview - community care services and service users 435

17 Assessment of need for community care 463

18 Meeting assessed need for community care 483

19 Admission to hospital or guardianship for mental disorder 503

Pt. V Social Exclusion 537

20 Violence, harassment, and anti-social behaviour in and around the home 539

21 Housing and homelessness 579

Index 639

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