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.


The application of social work law and policy is never far from media headlines and government policy initiatives. This is a time of significant, and primarily politically driven, change in social work, with the implementation of the Task Force and Munro report recommendations, the establishment of the College of Social Work and the introduction of probationary practice following qualification as a social worker. Severe economic pressures also mean that, like other professionals, social workers must be accountable for the nature and quality of their work, which requires them to communicate effectively with the media and general public. At the same time, an often unanticipated consequence of using the law to solve social problems is that the very process of creating new law or policy ...

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