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Law and the Social Work Practitioner

A Manual for Practice

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Law and the Social Work Practitioner: A Manual for Practice by Rodger White
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Professional social workers are directly involved in the interpretation and implementation of the law, with clients and others on the receiving end of their decisions and actions. It is essential that practitioners take a critical view of social work law and understand that the law and its administration are not value-neutral. This book explores all the main areas of social work law, including children, mental health and community care. By investigating the meaning of law and some of its underlying value assumptions, it encourages practitioners to reflect on their actions and beliefs, to deepen their knowledge and understanding, and to avoid being a mere 'technician' - and instead become a competent practitioner. This new text will support busy social workers studying for Post-qualifying Awards. Written in an accessible style, each chapter begins with an overview which outlines the rationale for the teaching material provided and demonstrates how it connects with previous material. Clear learning objectives are also set out in each chapter and the text is packed throughout with case studies, exercises and recommendations for further reading.

Table of Contents

Table of cases; Table of legislation; National Occupational Standards; Foreword to the Post-Qualifying Social Work Practice series; Foreword; About the authors; Introduction;Understanding law;Interpreting rules: a domestic and statutory example; The English legal system; Children's legislation: Principles of law and practice; Adoption;Youth justice; Mental health law: An outline; Community care law: An introduction;Decision-making: The legal framework (administrative law); Discrimination and the law; Law and policy on domestic violence; Housing (homelessness) legislation; The Human Rights Act 1998; Miscellaneous; Appendix; Recommended reading;References; Index.

Author Biography

Rodger White was a senior lecturer in social work at Bournemouth University. He taught social work law for over 15 years following an extensive career as a social work practitioner. Graeme Broadbent has been involved in legal education for more than 25 years. He joined Kingston Law School, where he is now based, in 2002. Keith holds professional qualifications in nursing, social work and teaching, and academic qualifications in nursing, social work and management. He has worked in the education and training field for over 20 years, working for three universities and three local authority social work departments. He is currently Head of Post-Qualifying Social Work at Bournemouth University.
Release date Australia
November 30th, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Learning Matters Ltd
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