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An A-Z of Social Work Law
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An A-Z of Social Work Law

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September 2021 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This dip into and out of guide introduces students to over 300 key laws, legal terms, and legal processes in a concise and no-nonsense way. It enables students to read up quickly on something that comes up as they study and test their learning before their placements, skills days and exams. It covers all areas of social work practice - adults, children and families, mental health, and youth justice - ensuring students have the knowledge they need to apply the law with confidence. 

 
A
Abduction, child

 
Abnormally aggressive or seriously irresponsible conduct

 
Acceptable Behaviour Contracts

 
Accommodation of children

 
Accountability, employer

 
Accountability, local authority

 
Accountability, social worker

 
Acid test

 
Action plan orders

 
Acts of Parliament

 
Admission, compulsory hospital

 
Adoption

 
Adoption and Children Act 2002

 
Adult at Risk

 
Adult safeguarding

 
Adult safeguarding enquiry

 
Advance decisions

 
Advocates and advocacy

 
After-care services

 
Age of criminal responsibility

 
Anti-discrimination legislation

 
Anti-social Behaviour Orders

 
Appeals

 
Appropriate adult

 
Approved Mental Capacity Professional

 
Approved Mental Health Professionals

 
Arrest, youth

 
Assessment, adult needs

 
Assessment, child

 
Asylum seekers

 
Attendance Centre Orders

 
 
B
Baby P (aka Baby Peter, Peter Connolly)

 
Bail

 
BAILII

 
Barristers

 
Best Interests

 
Best Interests Assessor

 
Binding over

 
Bournewood case

 
British Association of Social Workers (BASW)

 
Burden of proof

 
Butler Sloss Inquiry

 
 
C
Cafcass

 
Capacity

 
Care Act 2014

 
Care and support plans

 
Care and Support statutory guidance

 
Care homes, care homes with nursing

 
Care orders

 
Care plans

 
Care proceedings

 
Care Quality Commission

 
Carers

 
Case law

 
Causative nexus

 
Cheshire West and Chester

 
Child abduction

 
Child Arrangement Orders

 
Child Assessment Orders

 
Child in need

 
Child Protection

 
Child Protection Conference

 
Child Protection Plan

 
Child Safeguarding Boards

 
Child Safeguarding system

 
Child Safety Orders

 
Child, definition of

 
Children Act 1989

 
Children Act 2004

 
Children and Families Act 2014

 
Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

 
Children and Social Work Act 2017

 
Children and young people’s plans

 
Children’s Commissioner

 
Children’s guardians

 
Choice rights, choice of accommodation

 
Circulars

 
Citation of legislation and legal cases

 
Civil law

 
Clerks, court

 
Cleveland Inquiry

 
Climbié case

 
Closure of care homes

 
Codes of Practice and Statutory Guidance

 
College of Social Work

 
Commission for Local Administration

 
Commission for Social Care Inspection

 
Commissioning services

 
Common law and common law doctrine of necessity

 
Community treatment orders

 
Compensation orders

 
Competencies, professional

 
Complaints procedures

 
Compulsory admission and detention (mental health)

 
Compulsory protection of adults

 
Compulsory treatment

 
Confidentiality and privacy

 
Consent

 
Contact orders, care order related

 
Contact orders, private family law related

 
Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN

 
County Court

 
Court of Protection

 
Courts and court system

 
Crime, youth

 
Criminal Behaviour Orders

 
Criminal injury compensation

 
Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

 
Criminal law

 
Criminal Records Bureau

 
Crown Court

 
Crown Prosecution Service

 
Cultural considerations

 
Custody

 
 
D
Data protection

 
Deferred payment

 
Delay, no delay principle

 
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

 
Detention and Training Orders

 
Direct payments

 
Director of Public Prosecutions

 
Disclosure and barring

 
Disempowerment

 
Domestic abuse

 
Duty of care, local authority

 
Duty of care, social worker

 
Duty solicitor

 
 
E
Education supervision orders

 
Education, children and young people

 
Education, Health and Care plans

 
Education, looked after children

 
Eligibility criteria

 
Emergency Protection Order

 
Employer accountability and duty of care

 
Empowerment

 
Enduring Power of Attorney

 
Equality and Human Rights Commission

 
European Convention on Human Rights

 
European Court of Human Rights

 
Evidence in court

 
Examination-in-chief

 
Exclusion, school

 
Expert witness

 
 
F
Fair Access to Care Services

 
Family Assistance Orders

 
Family court

 
Family division, High Court

 
Family Justice Council

 
Family law

 
Family proceedings court

 
Finance and payments for services

 
Fitness to practise

 
Former relevant children

 
Foster care

 
Freedom of information

 
 
G
General Social Care Council

 
Gillick competence

 
Green Paper

 
Guardians (children’s guardians)

 
Guardianship

 
 
H
Harm, significant

 
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

 
Hearsay

 
High Court

 
Homelessness

 
Human Rights Act 1998

 
 
I
Independent Care Act Advocates

 
Independent Mental Capacity Advocate

 
Independent Mental Health Advocates

 
Independent Reviewing Officer

 
Independent Safeguarding Authority

 
Indictable offences

 
Inherent jurisdiction

 
Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

 
Injustice, public body

 
Inquiries

 
Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programmes

 
Investigations, child safeguarding

 
 
J, K
Judges

 
Judicial review

 
Justices of the Peace

 
 
L
Laming Inquiry

 
Lasting Power of Attorney

 
Law Commission

 
Lawtel

 
Leaving care

 
Legal aid

 
Legal databases

 
Legal Ombudsman

 
Legal planning and pre-proceedings

 
Lexis-Nexis or Lexis Library

 
Liberty Protection Safeguards

 
Litigation friend

 
Living wills

 
Local authorities, accountability

 
Local authorities, legal status

 
Local Child Safeguarding Boards

 
Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

 
Looked-after children

 
 
M
Magistrates

 
Maladministration, public body

 
Mental Capacity Act 2005

 
Mental disorder

 
Mental Health Act Commission

 
Mental Health Acts 1983, 2007

 
Munro Report

 
 
N
National Occupational Standards

 
Nearest relative

 
Neglect, adult

 
Neglect, child

 
Negligence

 
NHS Continuing Healthcare

 
No delay principle

 
No order principle

 
Non-molestation order

 
NSPCC

 
 
O
Occupation order

 
Offences, first time

 
Official Solicitor

 
Ofsted

 
Ombudsman

 
Ordinary residence

 
 
P
Parent, definition of

 
Parental responsibility

 
Parenting orders

 
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

 
Pathway plans

 
Penalties, youth offending

 
Personal Adviser

 
Personal budgets

 
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984

 
Police Protection Order

 
Power of Attorney

 
Powers, mandatory and permissive

 
Practice directions

 
Pre-sentence reports

 
Prevent, reduce and delay duty

 
Prevention, crime

 
Privacy and confidentiality

 
Privacy and family life, right to

 
Private family law

 
Private fostering

 
Private law orders

 
Procedures, complaint

 
Professional Capabilities Framework

 
Professionalism

 
Prohibited steps order

 
Proof, burden of

 
Proof, standard of

 
Proportionality

 
Protection of property

 
Protection of title

 
Public bodies

 
Public Guardian

 
Public law orders

 
Public Law Outline

 
 
Q
Quality assurance, service standards

 
 
R
Referral orders

 
Refugees and people seeking asylum

 
Registration, children's care provider

 
Registration, professional social worker

 
Registration, social care homes

 
Regulations and Rules

 
Relinquished babies

 
Remands to care or custody

 
Reparation orders

 
Residence orders

 
Restraining Orders

 
Right to fair trial

 
Right to liberty

 
Right to life

 
Right to religion

 
Rights of redress

 
Rights, child

 
Rights, human

 
 
S
Safeguarding Adults Board

 
Safeguarding Adults Reviews

 
Safeguarding Children Partnerships (Safeguarding Partners)

 
Safeguarding, adult

 
Safeguarding, child

 
Secure accommodation

 
Seebohm Report 1968

 
Serious Case Reviews

 
Serious case reviews, adult

 
Services for children and families

 
Sexual abuse

 
Sexual harm prevention orders

 
Sexual Offences Prevention Orders

 
Significant harm

 
Social work education

 
Social Work England

 
Social worker accountability and registration

 
Solicitors

 
Special educational needs

 
Special guardianship

 
Specific issue orders

 
Statute law

 
Statutory guidance

 
Statutory instruments

 
Substitute care

 
Supervision order

 
Supreme Court

 
 
T
Tariffs, youth offending

 
Threshold criteria (care proceedings)

 
Transition to adulthood

 
Treatment, community orders

 
Treatment, compulsory

 
Tribunals

 
 
U
Ultra vires

 
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 
Unaccompanied and accompanied child asylum-seekers

 
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

 
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 
Unsound mind

 
 
V
Victims

 
Victoria Climbié case

 
Video links in court evidence

 
Vulnerable adults

 
Vulnerable witnesses

 
 
W
Wardship

 
Welfare checklist

 
Well-being

 
Westlaw

 
Whistle-blowing

 
White Paper

 
Wishes and feelings of children

 
Wishes and feelings, adult

 
Withdrawal of services

 
Witnesses

 
Working Together to Safeguard Children

 
 
X, Y, Z
Young person, definition of

 
Youth Cautions

 
Youth Courts

 
Youth detention accommodation

 
Youth justice

 
Youth Justice Board

 
Youth Offender Panels

 
Youth Offending Teams

 
Youth Rehabilitation Orders

 

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