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.



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This chapter aims to further encourage critical thinking by exploring the interface between social work practice, society's attitudes and the legal framework that determines how our child welfare systems operate, particularly in relation to the protection of children. By demonstrating how the law is subject to interpretation, it supports the requirements of PCF by encouraging you to develop sound judgement and be able to use authority to intervene with individuals, families and communities to prevent harm, neglect and abuse whilst exercising your legal powers and duties.


The relationship between the Government's investment in supporting the family as a whole - early prevention and supporting the larger net of families in need - and its investment in targeting children at risk is a fraught ...

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