Social work with children and families is constantly in the headlines and social workers' decisions are subject to ever increasing scrutiny at all levels. This aspirational book supports students and newly qualified social workers and suggests practical ways in which they might thrive, rather than just survive, in practice. The book tackles the different challenges that students and practitioners can be faced with, outlining common pitfalls and how to avoid these.

Reflective questions are used throughout the book, ensuring that students critically evaluate their own practice. Case examples and case studies drawn from the authors' recent practice are included throughout the book to illuminate the realities of contemporary social work with children and families.

Legislation and Policy: What You Need to Have at Your Fingertips to Be Effective

Legislation and policy: What you need to have at your fingertips to be effective

Key Points of Chapter

  • You must have a critical appreciation of how laws and policies interact
  • Social workers need to know the detail of key legislation
  • Most of your work will be in the area of public law
  • The Children Act 1989 remains the key piece of legislation pertinent to your practice
  • Much of the law is contested and effective decisions by social workers have a key role in ensuring child-centred outcomes
  • The welfare of the child must be paramount in all legal considerations

Proposed Professional Capabilities Framework areas covered in this chapter

  • Professionalism
  • Values and Ethics
  • Rights, Justice and Poverty
  • Critical Reflection and Analysis
  • Interventions and Skills
  • Contexts and Organisations

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