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This fully revised fourth edition of a well-respected textbook seeks to build social workers' confidence in legal interpretation and implementation - practitioners must not only know the law; they must also have a critical appreciation of its implications for human rights, civil liberties and social justice. With a focus on promoting knowledge and skills in recognising, locating and articulating legal issues, it also demonstrates how the law can be used to inform practice standards and deliver positive outcomes for service users.
This is essential reading for Social Work Law modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Practitioners and educators will also find it an invaluable resource to guide them through a complex, yet vital, aspect of their work.
Table Of Regulations.- Abbreviations.- Table Of Statute.- Table Of Cases.- Preface To The Fourth Edition.- 1. Towards Practising Social Work Law.- 2. Social Work Law: Critical Perspectives.- 3. Beyond Dilemmas To Decisions.- 4. Care And Support To Adults.- 5. Using The Law To Work With Children, Young People And Their Families.- 6. Frameworks For Decision-Making And Accountability.- 7. Frameworks For Partnership Work.- 8. Making Sense Of Practice.- References