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 9: Independence
Here we explore the interface between the law's role in protecting children and its increasing acceptance of the need to define the responsibilities of local authorities, whether acting as ‘corporate parent’ or in accordance with other powers and duties, to support young people towards secure and responsible adulthood and independence. This requires the use of critical thinking to inform professional judgement and the ability to evaluate legal case decisions, and the chapter particularly supports PCF requirements in relation to Intervention and Skills.
Local authorities have a responsibility towards the children they look after to prepare them for independence as any other parent does. However, the need to plan for independence does not only arise at the point of leaving care, and situations in ...