"The fourth edition of this popular text has been expanded to accommodate social workers' continuing need for a thorough grounding in the statutory framework of local authority practice and the wider legal context of social work in the statutory and voluntary sectors. The separate chapter on social work law in Scotland addresses continuing developments in relation to devolved government and new legislation. Since 1996, the pace of change has been remorseless. Part IV of the Family Law Act has been implemented; youth justice in England and Wales has been substantially reformed; the Human Rights Act 1998 impacts on areas of social work practice; and social security law has been significantly amended. The Adoption and Children Act 2002 will both radically reform the law relating to the adoption of children and significantly amend the Children Act 1989. All these important changes, central to social work practice, are addressed in detail."--Provided by publisher.
"First published 2002 by Ashgate Publishing"--title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note
part Part I: The Legal Context of Social Work Practice chapter 1 Nature, Sources and Administration of Law chapter 2 Social Work and the Human Rights Act 1998 chapter 3 Discrimination chapter 4 Challenging Local Authority Decisions part Part II: Children and Families chapter 5 Child and Family Social Work: The Evolving Legal Framework chapter 6 Parents, Guardians and Parental Responsibility chapter 7 Family Breakdown chapter 8 Local Authorities' Powers and Duties chapter 9 Children in Need of Protection chapter 10 Care and Supervision chapter 11 Adoption part Part III: Vulnerable Adults chapter 12 Community Care chapter 13 Mentally Disordered People part Part IV: Youth Justice chapter 14 The Youth Justice System and Pre-trial Decisions chapter 15 Sentencing in the Youth Court part Part V: Legal Issues for Clients chapter 16 Housing chapter 17 Education chapter 18 Welfare Benefits chapter 19 The Criminal Process part Part VI: Scotland chapter 20 Social Work Law in Scotland.