The UK legal system in the area of social work with children and families can be bewildering and complex and it is vital therefore that any textbook on the subject uses case law, case studies and research to critically-engage social workers and students alike. This book does just that - by examining, and putting into clear practical context, the current law and policy relating to social work with children and families. A guide for both students on placement as well as Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) entering their first roles within children and families teams, Practical Child Law for Social Workers is essential reading for a fast-paced and complex area of social work.



Chapter Objevtives

In this chapter we explore the legal and policy framework and practical challenges that arise from the need to work collaboratively with other professionals and agencies in order to maximise the effectiveness of social work intervention. Again we encourage you to adopt a critical and enquiring approach so that you can use authority constructively and take account of cultural and organisational differences that exist between agencies. This supports the requirements of all the PCF domains, particularly that which relates to Professional Leadership.


Multi- and inter-agency work to safeguard and promote children's welfare starts as soon as it has been identified that the child or the family members have additional needs requiring support or services beyond universal services, not just when there are questions ...

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