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Law for Social Workers

Fifteenth Edition

Helen Carr and David Goosey

June 2019

ISBN: 9780198825982

712 pages

In Stock

Price: £29.99

A jargon-free, practice-focused, and user-friendly account of the law.



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
  • 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 range of online resources which features multiple choice questions, videos on a range of practical topics, 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 alongside discussion notes

New to this edition

  • An expanded Social Worker's Toolkit, offering practical advice on working as a social worker, including what to expect in court, how to prepare evidence, and how to write reports

About the Author(s)

Helen Carr, Professor of Law and Director of Teaching and Learning, University of Kent, and David Goosey, Independent 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 led postgraduate studies in health and social care at the University of Westminster for 17 years until Dec 2017. He is a Registered Social Worker and partner at The Change Agency, a consultancy firm specializing 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
    The Social Worker's Toolkit


""Accessible...very good core text for students"" - Dr Kate Blake-Holmes, Lecturer in Social Work, University of East Anglia

""Comprehensive and good quality... The case studies and online resources are its greatest strengths."" - Stefan Brown, Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London

Additional Resources

The book is accompanied by the following online resources For students
-Video tutorials on a range of practical topics
-Multiple choice questions for students to test their knowledge
-Guidance on answering the exercises from the book
-Further reading suggestions
-Glossary of legal jargon

For lecturers
-PowerPoint slide lecture outlines for each chapter
-Notes to accompany the slides with discussion of key issues to consider when teaching this area of law

Related Title

Social Work: A Very Short Introduction