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Child Law for Social Work

Child Law for Social Work

June 2008 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
An invaluable resource for all social workers in practice with children and families, this book examines key issues such as child protection, family support, care planning, adoption, and case preparation for court. With illustrative case studies throughout, the text is divided into two sections:
  • Part I explores the legal context of social work practice with children, examining how international human rights standards are absorbed within domestic law
  • Part II explores the application of the law, policies and systems to individual case work, illustrating rights-based thinking in practice

Accessible to those without a background in law, the book highlights links between social work standards and legal values and rules. With promotion of the rights of children and families a measure of professional competence and legal obligation, the book helps readers satisfy social work standards and use their knowledge of the law to improve their practice.

The book is vital reading for undergraduate and graduate students in social work. It is also an indispensable resource for practitioners working with children and families.

Law, Social Work and Children
Sources of Law for Child Care Social Work
Accountability for Child Care Practice in England and Wales
Inter-Agency Working and Information Sharing
Engaging with Children and their Families to Safeguard Children and Promote their Welfare
Compulsory Measures to Safeguard Children and Promote their Welfare
Preparing a Case for Court
Looked After Children
Social Work with Children in the Youth Justice System

A good overall child care law text book which the students can use to help inform their knowledge base.

Dr Azora Josephine Hurd
Social Work, Gloucestershire University
October 20, 2015

This is an excellent book for Early Years students. although written for Social Work it is equally valid for those learners considering Primary education and nursery settings. The step by step layout and approach this book adopts is excellent, especially for learners who have never studied law before.

Mrs Caroline Knight
Children,Health, Adventure & Public Services, South Devon College
June 1, 2014

An excellent book, which has been a useful teaching tool when preparing lectures. The book has been recommended to Masters level students for assessment.
It will be recommended again next semester to the BA students.

Dr Sharon Thompson
School of Law, Keele University
January 12, 2014

A good text which outlines the key Law's in child social work. Easy to follow and well written

Miss Karen Roscoe
Social Work , Glyndwr University
June 8, 2012

Very helpful book. I have used some of the content to help frame my law module teaching. Several students have purchased the book as a result.

Mrs Julie Crawshaw
Social Work, Arts and HE, North East Worcestershire College
March 20, 2012

This book is really good book for anyone looking at child protection.

Mr David Corry-Bass
CCLD / H&SC , South Leicestershire College
August 31, 2011

This book offers an interesting discussion of the law in this area of practice but it does need to be supplemented with actual detail of the legislation

Mr Michael Marriott
Social Work , Greenwich University
October 29, 2009

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