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

This chapter evaluates the legal and policy basis for the rather imprecise, but widely used, social work term ‘support’. It encourages critical thinking, augmented by creativity and curiosity, and highlights the key importance of clarity of language when working within legal and policy frameworks. Thus it encourages you to synthesise your own practice experience, service user and carer experience together with research-based, organisational, policy and legal knowledge as set out in the requirements of the PCF.


It is not possible to separate the protection of children from the wider support to families. Indeed often the best protection for a child is achieved by the timely intervention of family support services.

(Laming, 2003, p6)

Thinking systematically about improving children's safety and well-being must involve an analysis ...

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