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

This chapter aims to demonstrate that the nature and quality of professional relationships, whilst increasingly influenced by law and policy, nevertheless continue primarily to depend on individual input and interpretation. We consider the extent to which the law shapes relationships within society and, in particular, the need to keep up with case law as it adapts to reflect changing values, attitudes and political priorities. The chapter supports the requirements of the PCF and, in particular, those of the Values and Ethics, Diversity, and Intervention and Skills domains.


Continuity of relationships is important and attachments should be respected, sustained and developed. A change of home, carer, social worker or school almost always carries some risk to a child's development and welfare.

(HMG, 2010, p3)

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