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Law and the Social Work Practitioner

Second Edition


July 2009 | 216 pages | Learning Matters
This book explores the main areas of social work law, including children, mental health and community care. By investigating the meaning of law and some of its underlying value assumptions, it encourages practitioners to reflect on their actions and beliefs, helping them to avoid being a mere 'technician', and instead, become a competent practitioner. This new text supports busy social workers studying for Post-Qualifying Awards. Each chapter begins with an overview of the rationale for the teaching material provided and sets out clear learning objectives. Case studies, exercises and recommendations for further reading can be found throughout the book.

 
Table of cases
 
Table of legislation
 
About the authors
 
National Occupational Standards
 
Foreword to the Post-Qualifying Social Work Practice series
 
Foreword
 
Introduction
 
Understanding law
 
Interpreting rules: a domestic and statutory example
 
The English legal system
 
Children's legislation: Principles of law and practice
 
Adoption
 
Youth justice
 
Mental health law: An outline
 
Community care law: An introduction
 
Decision-making: The legal framework (administrative law)
 
Discrimination and the law
 
Law and the policy on domestic violence
 
Housing (homelessness) legislation
 
The Human Rights Act 1998
 
Miscellaneous
 
Appendix
 
Recommended reading
 
References
 
Index

An excellent book for post qualifying social work practice.

Dr Charles Mugisha
Social Work, Birmingham City University
July 2, 2015

Found this a useful book for students to gain a basic understanding of the law.

Mr Stephen Walker
Rehabilitation & Social Work, University of Cumbria
April 22, 2014

Excellent 'all-rounder' that is both easily accessible to first year BA students and as a point of reference for 2nd year MA students.

Mr Warren Smith
School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
October 10, 2013

A "coverall" book. Offers information that is easy on the eye and well explained. An excellent book for HND, HNC and Level 5 Health and Social Care students.

Mr Maurice Fordy
Sociology and Social Work/Policy, Solihull College
January 23, 2013

I am going to use this now with the undergraduate students in their law module as it is easy to follow and makes sense ! Not straightforward with law.
It will be mentioned to PQ students who want to properly refresh their legal knowledge.

Mr Simon Howard
Social Work, Health, Soc Care & Couns, Nottingham Trent University
December 14, 2012

The Book has been used for students undertaking AMHP training.

Mr Robert Wu
Social Work Department, Birmingham City University
November 7, 2012

A good book for those who may be daunted at the throught of Law and its application to social work

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

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