Ethics and Law for Social Workers

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    Acknowledgements

    This book is dedicated to generations of social work students who demanded of law prescriptions it could not offer, and of ethics absolutes it could not deliver. Here's the reason why.

    About the Author

    Before moving into social work education, Robert Johns worked for a number of years in a range of social work roles, predominantly in the public sector. He has experience of all aspects of social work, ranging from mental health to youth justice and work with vulnerable adults, but with specialist experience in courtwork, representing the interests of children involved in care proceedings. Academically, his major abiding interest has been social work law but he has also taught social policy and social work values and ethics, hence this book. Currently, he teaches at the University of East London, where he has been Head of Social Work and programme leader for the qualifying MA offered in conjunction with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. He is the author of Using the Law in Social Work, now in its sixth edition, Social Work, Social Policy and Older People and, most recently, Capacity and Autonomy.

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    Aerts v Belgium [1998] 29 EHRR 50

    AJ (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) [2015] EWCOP 5

    Associated Provincial Picture Houses Ltd. v Wednesbury Corporation [1948] 1 KB 223

    B (A Child) [2013] UKSC 33

    B-S (Children) (Adoption: Application of Threshold Criteria) [2013] EWCA Civ 1146

    Cheshire West and Chester Council v P; P and Q (MIG and MEG) [2014] UKSC 19

    Cheshire West and Chester County Council v P [2011] EWCA Civ 1257

    Coventry City Council v C and others [2013] 1 FCR 54

    E v Norway [1994]17 EHRR 112

    EH v London Borough of Greenwich [2010] 2 FLR 661

    F (A Child) [2008] EWCA Civ 439

    G v E and A Local Authority [2010] EWCA Civ 822

    GD v Edgware Community Hospital and London Borough of Barnet [2008] EWHC 3572 (Admin)

    Hillingdon v Neary [2011] EWHC 1377 (COP)

    HL v the United Kingdom [2004] 40 EHRR 761

    Ivinovic v Croatia [2014] ECHR 964

    J (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1330

    Louisa Watts v UK [2010] ECHR 793

    McDonald v United Kingdom [2014] ECHR 4241/12

    Megyeri v Germany [1993] 15 EHRR 584

    N (A Child) (placement order: alternative option to adoption) [2013] All ER (D) 246 (Mar)

    P (Children) (adoption: parental consent) [2008] EWCA Civ 535

    R (on the application of Madden and others) v Bury Metropolitan Borough Council [2002] EWHC (Admin) 1882

    R (on the application of McDonald) v. Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2011] UKSC 33

    R (Shoesmith) v OFSTED and others [2011] EWCA Civ 642

    R v Gloucestershire County Council ex parte Barry [1997] 2 WLR 459

    R v North East Devon Health Authority ex parte Coughlan [2000] 51 BMLR 1

    Rabone and another v Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust [2012] UKSC 2

    Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust [2008] UKHL 74

    Stanev v Bulgaria [2012] 55 EHRR 696

    W v Edgell [1990] 1 All ER 835

    Winterwerp v Netherlands [1979] 2 EHRR 387

    X and others (Deprivation of Liberty) [2014] EWCOP 25

    Z (Adoption: Scottish Child Placed in England: Convention Compliance) [2012] EWHC 2404 (Fam)

    Z and others v the United Kingdom [2001] 2 FLR 612

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