The Law and Social Work: Contemporary Issues for Practice

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The law is central to social work, regulating practice, ensuring accountability and providing professionals with the power and authority to work effectively. Yet it does not, and cannot, provide an answer to the complex human questions that lie at the heart of the social work task and, like social work itself, it is subject to constant development and change. This major text aims to enrich thinking and debate about this crucial and challenging area, thereby encouraging reflective practice. It combines discussion of conceptual debates with a focus on key areas of law and practice and on the perspectives of both users and practitioners. It offers unique insights into the ways in which the law guides decision-making in social work and provides a framework for professional interventions. Divided into three sections, each of which sheds lights in different ways on the challenges and critical issues raised at the interface between social work and the law, the book covers such important subjects as: * the relationship between social work values and the law; * partnership with service users; * risk and professional judgement; * human rights; * child protection and family support; * elder abuse; * youth justice; * disability and special educations needs; * community care. In its breadth of coverage, focus, and clear, readable style, this is an essential text for all those undertaking social work education or looking to update and develop their knowledge of the law.

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The Law and Social Work is up-to-date and contemporary. It analyses
current debates around confidentiality, State intervention and the legal
issues impacting on children, young people, families and vulnerable
adults. It also offers an insightful discussion of central social work
themes, integrating:
? Ethics and values
? Discrimination
? Assessment and intervention
? Accountability
Charting the changes in law and practice over the past ten years, this
new edition provides thematic accounts of key areas of development.
It also reflects the pace of change in a number of spheres, including
youth justice, mental health and discrimination law.
Written by leading academics and social work practitioners widely
published in their fields of expertise, this is an authoritative text for
social work students, practitioners and professionals across the health
and social care spectrum.

About the Author:

LESLEY-ANN CULL and JEREMY ROCHE are both based in the School of Health and Social Welfare at The Open University. Both editors have written extensively on law and practice in relation to child and family law, and Jeremy Roche has co-edited two texts on working with young people, Youth in Society and Changing Experiences of Youth.

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