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.

Substitute Care

Substitute care

Chapter Objevtives

This chapter builds on the previous one in that it explores the legal and policy framework which requires or permits social workers to make arrangements for children to be looked after, usually temporarily, away from their parents or primary carers. Thus it reflects the PCF requirement for you to be able to employ a range of interventions: promoting independence, providing support and protection, taking preventative action and ensuring safety, whilst balancing rights and risks.


There were 67,050 looked-after children in England at 31 March 2012, an increase of 2 per cent from 2011 and 13 per cent since 2008. Sixty per cent were subject to court orders, with the remainder accommodated by agreement with those with parental responsibility. The majority (62 ...

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