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 describes the legal framework which can provide for a child to be cared for permanently by someone other than their birth parent, and considers the policy and value bases that inform the present system. It supports the requirements of the PCF by encouraging you to identify, distinguish, evaluate and integrate multiple sources of knowledge and evidence, and to respond to the opportunities that arise from changing political priorities, social contexts and constructs.


It is permanence that provides the gold standard of security, continuity and a sense of belonging for looked-after children who have experienced loss, disadvantage and distress.

(NAGALRO, 2012, p3)

The proportion of looked-after children who leave care and the length of time that elapses before permanent and legally secure placements are ...

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