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Using the Law in Social Work

Using the Law in Social Work

Sixth Edition

January 2015 | 232 pages | Learning Matters

This book will help social work students gain a secure foothold in understanding aspects of law as applied to social work practice. It is not a law manual or full of complicated legal jargon remote from the everyday realities of practice, but rather brings the reader closer to safe, legally-appropriate social work. It not only covers recent changes to legislation such as The Children and Families Act 2014 and The Care Act 2014, but also other key areas of legislation and policy including human rights , youth justice, child protection and mental capacity.  There are updates to case law and codes of practice and numerous case studies and reflective activities to help underpin knowledge and learning.

Affordable, practical and tells you exactly what you need in order to pass assignments and prepare for practice.

Key Updates include new information on:

·         The Children and Families Act 2014

·         The Care Act 2014

·         Working Together to Safeguard Children (2012)

·         Mental Capacity Act 2005

This book is in the Transforming Social Work Practice series. All books in the series are affordable, mapped to the Social Work Curriculum, practical with clear links between theory & practice and written to the Professional Capabilities Framework.

But I Want to Be a Social Worker, Not a Lawyer
Human Rights
Children's Rights and Needs
Meeting Children’s Needs When Things Go Wrong
Community Care
Vulnerable Adults
Youth Justice
Ending up in Court
Providing a Quality Service

Johns is an excellent support text for social work students

Mrs Jane Scutt
Social Work, Sunderland University
February 23, 2015

An excellent text book for students on both the BA and MA in Social Work in terms of providing an easy to use reference book.

Mr Lee Sobo-Allen
Social Work, Sheffield Hallam University
December 11, 2014

This is a well-presented book and readable book, as are all those in the SAGE Learning Matters series. However the scope is clearly England, not Scotland or Northern Ireland - and perhaps Wales. The Introduction makes this clear, which is helpful. However the references at the end of Chapter 1 (which the Introduction indicates as providing guidance for other parts of the UK) does not include anything specific to the Celtic Fringe, nor does it indicate parts of those books and websites which may be applicable. Ciaran White's book is an obvious citation for NI law for social work. It is not possible to recommend a book based on English law for NI social work students; the messages have to be 'translated' by the lecturer and related to local statutes.

Professor Brian Taylor
Sociology & Applied Social Studies, University of Ulster
December 11, 2014

May be a little too basic for some of some of our second year undergraduate students - but others will welcome it as a good overview and introduction to the law.

Mr Guy Kirk
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
October 13, 2014

A very useful summary suitable as a background text

Mr Michael Marriott
Faculty of Health & Social Care, The Open University
October 12, 2014
Key features

Key need 1          Social Work Law is a core component of the qualifying degree

Key feature         The book covers the core aspects of social work law as it taught on the degree

Key benefit          Students will be able to use this book to complete core assignments

Key need 2          Many social work students find law complicated and difficult to understand

Key feature         This book is accessible and uses lots of real-life practice examples

Key benefit          This direct link between law and practice will develop students understanding


Key need 3          The law as applied to social work is constantly changing

Key feature         The author updates this text every two / three years

Key benefit          This keeps the book up-to-date and more relevant than competitor titles

New editions: What is new? If applicable

1.      New sections on the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

2.      New material on Working Together to Safeguard Children in chapter 4

3.      New requirements regarding care proceedings in chapter 7

4.      References where appropriate, to the following changes in legislation

a.      Health and Social Care Act 2012

b.      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 

c.      Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011

d.      Mental Health Regulations 2008

5.      References to new legislation on social care and protection of vulnerable adults: current chapter 6.

6.      New regulations and requirements regarding professional registration following abolition of General Social Care Council and move to Health and Care Professions Council and The College of Social Work: current Chapter 8.

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ISBN: 9781446272688