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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

Clear outline of how to apply law to social work practice, gives clear case studies and examples and highlights key legislation for practice

Miss sarah louise burns
Faculty Of Health And Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
September 18, 2015

A basic introductory book that will help new students to understand how to apply the law to social work practice. It will support our core text books. It helps make complicated concepts in law more simply.

Graham Ixer
Health and Social Care, Winchester University
July 6, 2015

A good introductory book to law and social work. Easily interpreted for new students yet demanding enough for reference.

Ms Jean Riding
Health Care and Education, Knowsley Community College
June 26, 2015

This is a well written and easy to read book about social work law. I will recommend it for students in relation to human rights, and it is still applicable for teaching law in relation to children and families and court practice, however the adults element of the book needs updating in line with the Care Act 2014.

Miss Fiona Morgan
School Of Health And Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
June 25, 2015

I realised during the course that it was probably not a good idea getting Irish students to directly read this book as there are differences in the legal systems, mostly subtle, but some profound as a result of our Constitution, and this caused confusion amongst some students. I did however use the book in my lectures to help explain fundamental principles that are nicely explained in this book, and it was a particular help in studying the Cleveland abuse scandal, which has been on the syllabus for some years. The book provided some fresh perspectives on that.

Mr Neil Van Dokkum
Dept of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
June 19, 2015

Using the law in social work gives students a good overview of the legal landscape they will encounter in practice. The chapter on 'ending up in court' goes some way to preparing the individual for what may be a nerve-wracking experience.

Ms Rose Parkes
School of Health and Social Work, Hertfordshire University
June 16, 2015

A good text for students wanting to use the law in everyday practice settings.

Mr Stefan Brown
Department of Health and Social Care, Royal Holloway, University of London
May 26, 2015

A good introductory text that demonstrates the application of the law to practice. It is a popular text at all levels.

Mr Dave Mason
Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University
March 13, 2015

A very useful guide to current social work legislation.

Miss Jackie Yaskey
Social Work and Health Development, Greenwich University
March 12, 2015

useful, concise introduction to relevant law not only for social work students but also those studying social care and public health

Ms Elisabeth Hunter
Department of Social Work, Greenwich University
March 10, 2015
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