Managing a Legal and Ethical Social Work Practice

Marilyn J. Samuels, Elayne Tanner

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Synopsis: The inquiry into the 1976 death of baby Kim Anne Popen discovered negligence on the part of the attending social worker. One important recommendation was that legislation should be enacted making social workers legally accountable for their professional actions.
In 1997, a five-week-old baby died as a result of lack of appropriate care. What was most unusual was that the social worker assigned to the case was charged with criminal negligence causing death. This case again brought home the importance of social work accountability both to protect the public and to assess the adequacy of service provided by the worker.
In this climate the Government of Ontario introduced the Social Work and Social Service Work Act in 1998. The Act came into full effect in 2000. Among other things, the Act creates a new College to regulate the activities of social workers and social service workers in the province of Ontario. Social Work has now been given a long-awaited opportunity to legitimize itself as a true profession.
The purpose of this book is to help registered social workers and social service workers understand the new legislation and the effect that regulation by the College will have on their day-to-day professional lives. It provides a step-by-step guide to the Act with practical information including examples, precedents, and forms which guide the social worker in meeting the requirements of the new legislation.
This book is unique in the fact that it is co-authored by a social worker and a lawyer, making it both relevant and easily applicable while addressing the legal issues that social workers should be aware of as they practice within the framework of a regulated profession.
The new legislation has the potential to put the social worker in a tenuous position--social workers are now liable and able to be held publicly and professionally accountable for the first time. This book is designed to help social workers understand and apply the rules and regulations that come from being a member of a self-regulated profession.
While the book uses the Ontario legislation as its framework, it is of equal relevance to social workers practicing across Canada under strikingly similar legislation.

About the Author: Marilyn J. Samuels, B.A., B.P.H.E., LL.B is in private practice just outside of Toronto, Ontario. In addition to practicing law for the past 12 years, in a variety of areas, she also offers mediation and legal seminars in association with Elayne Tanner, a registered social worker. Through their unique association they are able to offer a combination of services that meet the personal and legal needs of the individuals that attend the counselling and conference centre.

Elayne M. Tanner BA, BSW, MSW, RSW is a private practitioner offering individual, family, and couple counselling. She has been working in private practice for 11 years from her office located on her farm property west of Toronto, Ontario. In the past year, the office has been rebuilt to include a conference room where she and her associates provide seminars on a wide variety of topics to this underserved rural area. The office expansion now also includes the full time law practice of Marilyn J. Samuels.

Francis J. Turner is a professor emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Social Work.

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