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Using the Law in Social Work

Using the Law in Social Work

Seventh Edition

June 2017 | 256 pages | Learning Matters

A core function of social work is to assist, empower and protect the most vulnerable in society. Every day social workers make difficult decisions in complex and challenging situations. They work in organisations that have clear statutory duties. It is essential therefore, that social work students know what their responsibilities are. Familiarity with law, legislation and legal processes is consequently fundamental to sound social work practice.


This bestselling book helps social work students gain this foothold in understanding law as it applies to social work practice. It avoids complicated legal jargon remote from the everyday realities of practice, offering instead a grounding in legally-appropriate, rights-based social work. It covers the full range of social work law, including services for children and families and child protection, adult care law, youth justice, court work, professional regulation and human rights. 

Chapter 1: But I Want to Be a Social Worker, Not a Lawyer
Chapter 2: Human Rights
Chapter 3: Children's Rights and Needs
Chapter 4: Meeting Children’s Needs When Things Go Wrong
Chapter 5: Adult Care Services
Chapter 6: Vulnerable Adults
Chapter 7: Youth Justice
Chapter 8: Ending up in Court
Chapter 9: Providing a Quality Service

Using the Law in Social Work,, written for the professionals of the social work practice, explains in an easy way and with a simple language, the understanding of the law that is applied to the practice of social work.

Loarre Andreu Perez
CBQ Reviews

Good updated version of a classic text. Very useful overview of 'law' and how it can be applied in social work practice. Good resource for students in placement.

Mr David Watson
Applied Social Science, Brighton University
July 7, 2017

Clearly written relevant text

Dr Liam Foster
Social Sciences, Sheffield University
July 6, 2017

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