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Practical Social Work Law
Analysing Court Cases and Inquiries

ISBN 9781405847391
Published April 22, 2010 by Routledge
576 Pages

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Book Description

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

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