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Law for Social Workers

Martin HannibalSenior Lecturer in Law, University of Staffordshire, Stephen HardyLecturer in Law, University of Salford

ISBN13: 9781859413593
ISBN: 1859413595
Published: October 1997
Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

This book provides an indispensable and practical guide to essential social work law and practice. It gives the reader a critical overview of the modern legal system looking at the way in which law is made,the court structure and the increasing influence of legal regulation from Europe. Each topic is written with the social workers professional and vocational needs in mind. It deals with the most visible areas of a social workers responsibilities: children and family. It examines the criminal justice system with a special chapter on the role of the appropriate adult. The book offers practical advice on appearing as a professional witness and the special evidential considerations of Children Act cases. Prisoners rights, discrimination law, equal opportunities, immigration law and social security problems are also covered. Written by legal professionals with wide experience of modern social work law and practice, Law for Social Workers provides clear, detailed guidance on essential social work law and procedure from a practical perspective.

Social Security and Welfare Law
Part 1 Social workers and the legal system: a social worker's legal competence; social workers and the courts. Part II Social work law - children and families in practice: children and the law; local authority support for children and their families; the protection of children at risk under the Children Act 1989; guardian ""ad items""; the Children Act and ""private"" family law orders; family breakdown; local authorities and community care. Part III: criminal justice; social workers and the police; social workers at the police station; the criminal process; sentencing adult offenders; juvenile justice; criminal justice appeals and police accountability. Part IV Social workers in the courts: court attendance and giving evidence; the social worker as a professional witness; children giving evidence; public interest immunity, confidentiality and privilege; evidence and the Children Act 1989; prisoners' rights. Part V Social welfare and social work: discrimination law and equal opportunities; immigration law; housing, money advice and social security. Part VI The modern social worker - legal advice and action: advice work and legal aid; the modern social worker. Appendices: specimen forms; useful addresses.