Effective social work practice relies on good understanding of the law along with the skills to use this knowledge well. This essential book
provides a wide-ranging thematic account of social work practice in Scotland, making critical links between concepts, the contexts of practice
and first-hand experiences of Scottish social work law.
The book covers important subjects such as:
Service user and carer rights
Legal and social work values
Safeguarding, risk and protection
Youth and adult criminal justice
Partnership, participation and advocacy
Delivery of personalised services
Social Work and the Law in Scotland is core reading for all those undertaking academic study or professional practice within the field. It is also a key resource for anyone looking to update their knowledge on the nature and development of the ever-evolving legislative landscape of Scotland.
ROGER DAVIS Staff Tutor in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University in Scotland. He is chair of the Social Work and the Law in Scotland course that this Reader accompanies and is also co-chair of the Foundation for Social Work Practice course. He has been involved in social work education since 1994 and has taught a range of Open University courses since 1999. Roger has practised as a Social Worker and Mental Health Officer. He also has experience in the voluntary sector and as an independent social care educator. He is currently a member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. JEAN GORDON Associate Lecturer at The Open University in Scotland and an Independent Researcher. She has worked in Scotland as a Social Worker and Mental Health Officer in schools, hospitals and community mental health settings. She combines teaching on the Open University's social work programme in Scotland with research, writing and publishing in the fields of mental health, social work education, and practice learning.
Introduction.- Legal Values and Social Work Values; J.Roche.- Accountability and Professionalism and Practice; K.Cameron.- Risk, Professional Judgment and the Law: Antinomy and Antagonism in an Age of Uncertainty; S.Hunter & M.Titterton.- The Role of Assessment in Social Work for Children and Families in Scotland; J.Aldgate.- Law, Social Difference and Discrimination; L.Robinson.- Children's Hearings in Scotland: Balancing Rights and Welfare; J.McGhee.- The Voice of the Child; K.Marshall.- Community Care and the Promotion of Independence; A.Petch.- Vulnerability, Autonomy, Capacity and Consent; K.MacKay.- Working with Adults Who Use Services and Carers; L.Curtice & K.Stalker.- Youth Justice; B.Whyte.- Adult Criminal Justice; F.McNeil & T.McCulloch.- Partnership with Service Users; A.Kendrick