The fourth edition of this popular text has been expanded to accommodate social workers' continuing need for a thorough grounding in the statutory framework of local authority practice and the wider legal context of social work in the statutory and voluntary sectors. The separate chapter on social work law in Scotland addresses continuing developments in relation to devolved government and new legislation. Since 1996, the pace of change has been remorseless. Part IV of the Family Law Act has been implemented; youth justice in England and Wales has been substantially reformed; the Human Rights Act 1998 impacts on areas of social work practice; and social security law has been significantly amended. The Adoption and Children Act 2002 will both radically reform the law relating to the adoption of children and significantly amend the Children Act 1989. All these important changes, central to social work practice, are addressed in detail.
Caroline Ball and Ann McDonald, University of East Anglia, UK
Contents: The Legal Context of Social Work Practice: Nature, sources and administration of law; Social work and the Human Rights Act 1998; Discrimination; Challenging local authority decisions. Children and Families: Child and family social work: the evolving legal framework; Parents, guardians and parental responsibility; Family breakdown; Local authorities' powers and duties; Children in need of protection; Care and supervision; Adoption. Vulnerable Adults: Community care; Mentally disordered people. Youth Justice: The youth justice system and pre-trial decisions; Sentencing in the youth court. Legal Issues for Clients: Housing; Education; Welfare benefits; The criminal process. Scotland: Social Work Law in Scotland, Janice McGhee; Bibliography; Indices.