A thorough understanding of the law and legal processes relating to their area of practice is essential for all social workers; at any time the social worker must know what options for intervention are, or are not, available to them and how such intervention may be legally achieved. Social Work Law is a comprehensive, practical and accessible guide to the legal framework that any social worker or student of social work needs to know.
Alison Brammer is a solicitor and Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, Keele University. Her specialist interests are Social Work Law, Family and Child Law, Law and Vulnerable Adults, and Adult Safeguarding. Alison has spoken at national and international conferences, is heavily involved with training work for Social Services Departments, and is Legal Editor of the Journal of Adult Protection.
Guided Tour Foreword Preface Acknowledgements Table of cases Table of legislation List of abbreviations PART 1 - LEGAL CONTEXT OF SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE 1 Introduction to Law and Social Work Practice 2 Sources of Law 3 Courts and Law Officers 4 Social Workers' Role in the Law 5 The Human Rights Act 1998 and Social Work Practice 6 Discrimination PART 2 - CHILDREN AND FAMILIES 7 Supporting Children and Families 8 Children and Family Breakdown 9 Child Protection 10 Looked after children 11 Adoption 12 Education 13 Youth Justice PART 3 - VULNERABLE ADULTS 14 Adult Social Care 15 Mental Health 16 Mental Capacity 17 Adult Safeguarding 18 Criminal Justice 19 Welfare and Homelessness 20 Asylum Glossary Index