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 Objectives

Within this chapter we consider how far the law seeks to determine your professional responsibilities as a social worker and show that in most situations it offers no more than a framework within which you need to exercise professional judgement in individual cases, and have an ability to defend it if necessary. We encourage you critically to reflect on the opportunities and constraints that this presents and consider how, and to what extent, the law defines responsibilities of others, with examples of its practical application, thus supporting the requirements of the Professionalism, Contexts and Organisations and Professional Leadership PCF domains in particular.


We referred in Chapter 1 to the contrasting concepts of rights and responsibilities. In addition to legal responsibilities towards service users, ...

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