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Law for Social Workers 4th ed

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Caroline Ball, Ann McDonaldboth University of East Anglia

ISBN13: 9780754617778
ISBN: 0754617777
Published: August 2003
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9780754617785



The fourth edition of this text has been expanded to accommodate social workers' continuing need for a thorough grounding in the statutory framework of local authority practice and the wider legal context of social work in the statutory and voluntary sector. The separate chapter on social work law in Scotland addresses continuing developments in relation to devolved government and new legislation.;Since 1996, the pace of change has been remorseless: Part IV of the Family Law Act has been implemented; youth justice in England and Wales has been substantially reformed; the Human Rights Act 1998 impacts on areas of social work practice; and social security law has been significantly amended. The Adoption and Children Act 2002 will both radically reform the law relating to the adoption of children and significantly amend the Children Act 1989. All these important changes, central to social work practice, are addressed in detail.

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Contents:
The Legal Context of Social Work Practice: Nature, sources and administration of law; Social work and the Human Rights Act 1998; Discrimination; Challenging the local authority. Children and Families: Introduction; Parents, guardians and parental responsibility; Family breakdown; Local authorities' powers and duties; Children in need of protection; Care and supervision; Adoption. Vulnerable Adults: Community care; Mental health. Youth Justice: The youth justice system and pre-trial decisions; Sentencing young offenders. Legal Issues for Clients: Housing; Education; Welfare benefits; The criminal process. Social Work Law in Scotland.