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Law for Social Workers [Paperback]

Hugh Brayne , Helen Carr
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27 May 2010 019957541X 978-0199575411 11
Law for Social Workers has been the leading textbook in its field since the first edition published twenty years ago. Suitable for students on all social work courses, it offers a clear approach to the law which governs the profession. Written by an author team with a strong background in teaching and practice, this book provides detailed analysis of the law which protects people from harm and enables social workers to assess needs and provide services to meet those needs. The eleventh edition has been restructured to provide greater coherence within parts and cross-referencing. In five distinct parts the authors present key topics covered on all social work law courses. Starting with an analysis of the legal system and the social worker's place in it, the authors then address human rights, the issues of discrimination, privacy of information and issues surrounding consent. Other topics covered include responsibilities to children including safeguarding children and interagency working and responsibilities towards adults including mental health issues. Finally the authors cover issues which affect the service user such as private family disputes, immigration and asylum status, issues relating to money, housing and violence. Each part begins with an introduction to the unifying theme that runs through the following chapters. Individual chapters open with a case study based on a recent case or enquiry, highlighting the vital issues that the chapters will explore. Key learning points are set out early in the chapter, and each chapter contains questions for discussion, further reading, and web links. Online Resource Centre The book is supported by a fully interactive Online Resource Centre featuring: Student Resources: - Video podcasts providing expert advice on court skills for social workers - Updates on recent cases and legislation - Guidance on answering exercises in the book - Glossary - Further Reading - Web links Lecturer Resources: - Test Bank of 200 multiple choice questions with answers and feedback - Lecture outlines notes and guidance for both lawyers and social workers teaching social work law NOTE :The online resource centre for students doesn’t require a password, and the URL is below… The resources for lecturers and teachers can be accessed by following the steps below… Not yet registered for a password? Please complete the two steps below: 1. Inform your local sales representative that you are adopting this textbook. You may wish to do this via the Find your sales representative page. 2. Complete the registration form. Please note your registration can only be processed if your sales representative is aware of your adoption.

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 11 edition (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019957541X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199575411
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review of previous edition - Law for Social Workers should be on everybody's bookshelf, because it is an indispensable reference book. Annelies Barth, Social Worker, Professional Social Work magazine There is an absolute need for the student and practitioner to have access to a law book of the nature of Brayne & Carr in order to engage with the complexities of a profession which is fundamentally underpinned by statute and public accountability. Chris Penney, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Portsmouth

About the Author

Hugh Brayne is a Visiting Professor at the University of Portsmouth and Thames Valley University. He is a Tribunal Judge Immigration, Mental Health and Social Security and formerly Professor of law, Sunderland, Kingston and Northumbria Universities Helen Carr is Lecturer in Law at the University of Kent.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars law for social workers 5 Oct 2003
I am a third year social work student. I found Law for social work a invaluable resource to my learning.
This book is writen and presented at an understanderble level, rather than overloading you with the dynamics of legislation. although this text will give you a comprehensive knowledge base on which to practice from. it covers all recent legislative changes including the effects of the green paper on social work delivery, as well as changes around anti soical behavouir and social exclusion.

at the beging of each section it clearly lays out the overview of the chapter and objectives, further giving you an actual case study then walking you throgh this case study, demonstrating the ethical and value dilemas of the case.
the companion website is fantastic given you the opinions of hte writer in relation to cases
I reccomend this up to date text it is a valuble tool for all students on the new degree course.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I'm about to commence a MA in Social Work at Warwick Uni having completed an unrelated degree and had a few years out in the "real world". So like a dutiful swot, I've been wading through this book in attempt to try and make sure I don't appear like a complete idiot when the course starts.

So far I have found this to be extremely clear, unlike one of the previous reviewers, because they explain any law terminology/jargon in plain English in brackets afterwards. Each chapter explains the law in enough detail for general comprehension of what they are supposed to do and then consistently refers to court cases to show how the theory is practised in life. This gives an indication of how future cases may turn out. If I forget or get confused which Act or legislation or organisation the writers are currently writing about, the glossary of abbreviations is available to help me at the front of the book. At the end of each chapter there are a series of exercises to test the comprehension of what you've read, and a companion website with suggested tactics to answering them. I find this a particularly useful learning tool; I like being able to compare this with my own answers to ensure I'm on the right lines and help me consider what I might have missed considering.

Unfortunately, you can't just dip into it anywhere. You should read it in sequence and then refer backwards when necessary to retain coherency if you don't know anything or have patchy knowledge! It also misses out later Acts such as age discrimination (October 2006) in employment. However, if you keep this in mind when studying it; the fact it isn't complete doesn't detract from being useful in what it does cover.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars recomended for social workers/ students 15 April 2006
This book is good value for money and has all you need to know about social work law. It is set out in sections which makes it easy to understand, read and refer to. Recomended to anyone studying social work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any social work student 16 Nov 2007
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I found this to be an essential study tool when undertaking a Masters in social work. The chapters are well laid out, with excellent summaries of specific acts in green, so as not to confuse you.

The section on the 1989 Childrens Act is particularly useful, with the various orders, sich as Care orders, nicely summarised to help you learn them more easily.

Worth the money- it does help you understand social work law.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book! 20 Mar 2010
In first year of a Social Work degree. Like to have a few of my own key books. This is definitely one of them.
It's layout is so easy to follow and it covers all the main legislation for different areas of Social Work.
Highly recommended to any Social Work student!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars shocking index 29 May 2012
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I used this for my law exam at University, which was open book, and found the index very hard to use, as did my friends. If you want to use this book you are best spending a lot of time reading through it and putting your own sticky notes in to show where things are, because using the index you will never find it. therefore not good as a quick reference book.
on the other hand if you are willing to spend hours reading it, it is very detailed and informative and summarises the important key parts of an Act quite well. so is still useful, depending on your time.
The only other negative point is that it can be quite jumpy, with Acts talked about at several points in the book. Would have been more useful to have everything from that Act in one place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 2 April 2012
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Having done a law degree and now on the social work MA, I think this book is great and defintely easy to read. It explains everything well, better than other law books I have read which go round the houses. DEFFO worth buying, it has been invaluable in my sw law exam!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By dawn
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Great book from the start. The book is up to date and shows recent cases in social work law. The book is in plain English and as a 1st year student it is vital that the terminology it uses is understandable to me. The book has web site address to follow up on your studies and gives good examples of all the laws associated within social care.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Brilliant and a great price too
Published 1 month ago by sophie sitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
Very good book if you need to learn social work law
Published 2 months ago by sofe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
its a good text for newly qualified social workers.
Published 2 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
this law book is very big and contains alot of information, is a little bit dated but has relevant information.
Published 3 months ago by Rhian
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a very informative book I'm studying social work at present & it's very helpful on current relevant law
Published 8 months ago by Fuzzy chick
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!
A must have for social work degree students! covers every aspect of the course that I have just done. Easily understood and explains things in simple terms. A great book! Read more
Published 19 months ago by amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful.
I was worried about getting a law book as I find the jargon difficult; this book however, is completely easy to read and explains everything fully, without getting your head wires... Read more
Published 20 months ago by K. Prowse
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand
I really like this law book as it is so easy to understand, and how it links laws to social work is so helpful.
Published 20 months ago by cluckie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it....
This book had taught me all I know about how I can legally make up false accusations against parents without fear of being proved a liar on court. Read more
Published on 25 July 2012 by Lyanne Soshal-Workca
3.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Gives lots of information you may require for working with children and families. It is not what I was looking for as I really wanted a summary of the law with regards to practice. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2011 by S. J. Smith Baker
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