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Practical Social Work Law

Analysing Court Cases and Inquiries, 1st Edition

By Siobhan E. Laird


576 pages

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Practical Social Work Law: analysing court cases and inquiries presents legal issues associated with social work in an accessible format. It approaches the law in a way that is less daunting and more engaging by examining actual court cases and public inquiries, and explores the stories of real people and the legal and ethical dilemmas practitioners will face. The text adopts a problem-centred approach to learning by introducing the reader to key aspects of the law through a series of real-life situations; it addresses basic principles regarding the operation of the law and explores the lessons for good practice. Each chapter addresses a specific area of social work law including family breakdown, safeguarding children, youth justice, adults with disabilities, mental health and mental capacity. Landmark cases, cases drawn from the lower courts, tribunals, and ombudsman’s decisions are included throughout presenting an accessible account of the application of the law.

Practical Social Work Law is an essential text for undergraduate, postgraduate and recently qualified social workers who are wrestling with the complexity of the law and the professional dilemmas it poses for their practice.

"This book is unusual for a law book in that it is not only a reference book but also a very readable volume…[It] is set out clearly and provides a sound basis for student social workers new to the law and a refresher for qualified practitioners." Catherine Poulter. RSW. Integrated Community Services. Carmarthenshire County Council

Table of Contents



Chapter One: Legislative Framework

Chapter Two: The Family

Chapter Three: Promoting Welfare and Safeguarding Children

Chapter Four: Looked After Children

Chapter Five: Young Offenders

Chapter Six: Mental Capacity

Chapter Seven: Adults with Disabilities

Chapter Eight: Mental Health: Hospital Setting

Chapter Nine: Mental Health: Community Setting

Chapter Ten: Lessons for Practice

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery