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Law for Social Workers

Sixteenth Edition

Helen Carr and David Goosey

March 2021

ISBN: 9780198869924

760 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 into a complete guide to social work law.

  • 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
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Coverage of the consequences of and adjustments for Covid-19 for vulnerable adults
  • Updated and extended coverage of the law on domestic abuse
  • Detailed consideration of Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • Further details emerging from the Children and Social Work Act 2017 including the role of Social Work England

About the Author(s)

Helen Carr, Professor of Law, University of Kent, and David Goosey, Independent social worker

Helen Carr is Professor of Law 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 December 2017. He is a Registered Social Worker and partner at The Change Agency. He chairs the Portsmouth Safeguarding Adults Board and is Independent Scrutineer for Lewisham Safeguarding Children Partnership.

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 security and 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,adult safeguarding, and domestic abuse
    15:The Court of Protection and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
    16:Mental health and the law
    The Social Worker's Toolkit


"My go-to book. It is set out so clearly, and so easily understandable by the students." - Janet Goddard, University of West London

"It is an essential read for students...invaluable for when they become practitioners" - Tilia Lenz, Lecturer Practitioner Consultant for the Pan-Dorset and Wiltshire Teaching Partnership

"Comprehensive, colourful and lively...a fantastically researched textbook." - Gareth Millar, Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

"It is by far the most comprehensive and well set-out text of this subject on the market" - Michael Isles, Lecturer, University of Gloucestershire

Additional Resources

The sixteenth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

This edition's online resources include:
-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 and flashcards of legal jargon
- PowerPoint slides with accompanying notes for lecturers.

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