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Law for Social Workers

Fourteenth Edition

Helen Carr and David Goosey

January 2017

ISBN: 9780198783459

664 pages

In Stock

Price: £29.99

A jargon-free, practice-focused, and user-friendly account of the law, ideal for both aspiring and newly qualified social workers



Trusted for over 25 years, Law for Social Workers expertly guides students throughout their studies and into practice. The authors skilfully combine accessible legal explanation, real-life case studies, and valuable practice-focused advice.

  • Provides a clear and accurate account of the law in an easy-to-use and concise format which can be relied upon throughout all stages of a degree and in the workplace
  • Features accessible discussion of recent, real-life cases, illustrating how the law works in practice and preparing social workers for the everyday situations they are likely to face when dealing with service users
  • Includes a unique feature, The Social Worker's Toolkit, providing quick-reference advice and practical tips to assist students on placements and in their career as a professional social worker
  • Covers the key topics relating to adult and child law as well as detail on the legal system, human rights, information sharing, and consent, making it the ideal companion text for all social work law modules
  • Includes end-of-chapter exercises with online guidance, further reading advice, and chapter summaries to ensure understanding and assist with further research and assessment preparation
  • Accompanied by a free Online Resource Centre which features multiple choice questions, relevant updates to the law, guidance on answering questions in the book, a glossary of key terms, and further reading advice and support. For lecturers, the website also features PowerPoint slides for use in lectures, plus discussion notes, and a customizable bank of questions for student testing

New to this edition

  • The Social Worker's Toolkit has been expanded to offer students further insights into the practical skills needed in this field
  • Expanded coverage on mental capacity, adult safeguarding, and the law relating to asylum seekers
  • A new chapter dedicated to the Court of Protection and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards has been included
  • A new collection of free-to-access student multiple choice questions are available on the Online Resource Centre. Lecturers can access a separate password protected customizable bank of multiple choice questions for use in class testing

About the Author(s)

Helen Carr, Professor of Law and Director of Teaching and Learning, University of Kent, and David Goosey, Principal Lecturer, University of Westminster Business School and qualified social worker

Helen Carr is Professor of Law and Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of Kent. Helen's research is in the area of housing, social welfare, and public law and she has extensive experience teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

David Goosey leads postgraduate studies in health and social care at the University of Westminster. He is a qualified social worker and partner at The Change Agency, a consultancy firm specialising in work with local authorities, government departments, the NHS, and charities.

Table of Contents

    Part I: The Legal Context of Social Work
    1: The legal system in England and Wales
    2: The roles and responsibilities of the social worker
    3: Human rights law
    4: Information sharing
    Part II: Responsibilities Towards Children
    5: The principles of children's law
    6: Local authority support for children and families
    7: Investigation and case planning
    8: Applying to court
    9: Long-term planning for children
    10: Youth justice
    Part III: Responsibilities Towards Adults
    11: Adult social care
    12: The legislative framework for the provision of adult social care and support
    13: Managing adult social care
    14: Mental capacity and adult safeguarding
    15: The Court of Protection and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
    16: Mental health and the law
    Transnational adoptions
    The Social Worker's Toolkit

Additional Resources

This new edition is accompanied by a range of online resources, including:

Student resources:
· A bank of multiple choice questions
· Guidance on answering exercises in the book
· Videos on key court and practice skills
· Case law updates
· Glossary of key terms

Lecturer resources:
· Lecture outline notes for each chapter
· Lecture outline PowerPoint slides for each chapter
· A bank of fully-customizable multiple choice questions to test your students

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