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 1: Rights
The aim of this chapter is to support the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) requirements by exploring how the principles of human rights and equality are protected within international conventions, English law and policy. We particularly consider how the concept of children's rights is reflected in practice and encourage you to engage with the intellectual debates, ethical dilemmas and apparent inconsistencies you encounter in the course of your work, so that your judgements and decision-making are firmly and confidently set within a rights-based framework, shaped by your legal powers and duties.
The law continues to lurch unevenly between protecting children from harm and protecting family privacy.
(Fortin, 2009, p555)
The twin concepts of rights and justice underpin almost every social work activity, whether in formal settings ...