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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.