The Social Worker's Guide to Children and Families Law

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"The Social Worker's Guide to Children and Families Law is an accessible, jargon-free guide to the key elements of the law that concern practising social workers in children and families teams in England and Wales." "This resource for everyday practice includes explanations of the fundamental concepts of parental responsibility and human rights, and the detailed provisions of private and public law, including adoption. The legal issues raised by atypical families (such as those in gay relationships, of mixed heritage or with children or parents
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"The Social Worker's Guide to Children and Families Law is an accessible, jargon-free guide to the key elements of the law that concern practising social workers in children and families teams in England and Wales." "This resource for everyday practice includes explanations of the fundamental concepts of parental responsibility and human rights, and the detailed provisions of private and public law, including adoption. The legal issues raised by atypical families (such as those in gay relationships, of mixed heritage or with children or parents with disabilities) are also covered throughout the text. It includes bullet lists, checklists and charts for quick and easy reference, as well as highlighted points for practice and illustrative case scenarios to put the law into context." This guide will be an invaluable resource for practising social workers, as well as trainees, students and those studying for post-qualifying awards.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843106531
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Limited
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Davis is an independent legal trainer and consultant. She has specialized in child care law since 1989, and has acted as a solicitor for local authorities, parents and children. She regularly provides legal training for professionals working with children and has taught on the law module for student social workers. She is the author of See You in Court: A Social Worker's Guide to Presenting Evidence in Care Proceedings and A Practical Guide to Fostering Law: Fostering Regulations, Child Care Law and the Youth Justice System, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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Table of Contents


Pt. 1 Fundamentals 15
1 Human Rights 17
2 Key Points in Children and Families Law 29
3 Parental Responsibility and Children's Autonomy 43 Pt. 2 Private Law 59
4 Section 8 Orders, Specific Issues and Prohibited Steps 61
5 Residence and Special Guardianship 79
6 Contact 92
7 Children in Need 109
8 Accommodation 120
9 Child Protection Investigations 135
10 Emergency Action 156 Pt. 5 Care Proceedings 173
11 The Threshold Criteria 175
12 Care proceedings - Interim Stages 191
13 Care Proceedings - Care Orders and Care Plans 209
14 Contact and Enforcing Plans 224 Pt. 6 Adoption 237
15 Adoption Fundamentals and Adoption by Consent 239
16 Placement Orders, Contested Cases and Contact 261 Appendices 274 Appendix 1A Children Act 1989: Key Sections by Number 274 Appendix 1B Children Act 1989 Key Sections by Subject 276 Appendix 2 Residence, Special Guardianship and Adoption at a Glance 278 Appendix 3 Contact Aide-Memoire 280 Appendix 4 Care/Accommodation at a Glance 283 Appendix 5 Summary of Duties to 'LOOKED After' Children 284 Appendix 6 Emergency Protection Order Aide-Memoire 288 Appendix 7 Care/Supervision Orders at a Glance 290 Appendix 8 Care Planning Scenario 291 List of Statutes 297 List of Cases 299 Index 302
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