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The Social Worker's Guide to Children and Families Law [Paperback]

Lynn Davis
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21 May 2014
Now fully updated and with up-to-the-minute guidance, this is only book you will need to make sense of the key elements of law involved in social work with children and families in England and Wales. Accessible and jargon-free, this everyday reference explains the fundamental concepts of parental responsibility and human rights, and the provisions of private and public law, including care proceedings and adoption. This second edition incorporates recent changes including the Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance for inter-agency working, the (anticipated) Children and Families Act 2013 and the Crime and Courts Act 2013 as well as the latest case law. Checklists, charts and highlighted points allow for easy reference, and illustrative case scenarios put the law into context. This comprehensive and easy-to-use guide will be an invaluable resource for practising social workers, as well as trainees, students and those studying for post-qualifying awards.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2nd Revised edition edition (21 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849054401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849054409
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book lives up to the high standards of the first edition, updated to take account of recent court judgments and the many changes to child and family legislation in England and Wales. Lynn Davis writes authoritatively and with crystal clarity. She explains the law helpfully, with direct relevance to real-life social work practice. The book is full of useful features such as key points for practice, readable summaries of court decisions, realistic and thought-provoking case studies and handy checklists. Every child and family team should have a copy in their office.' --Dr Jonathan Dickens, School of Social Work, University of East Anglia

'Social work practitioners and family lawyers will benefit from reading this work and gain even more from it if they are able to have a copy close to hand while at work.' --Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law

'I highly recommend this book to students, newly qualified workers, frontline practitioners and their managers. It is a valuable tool to have in one's armoury for those involved in children and families social work.' --Children and Young People Now

About the Author

Lynn Davis is an independent legal trainer and consultant. She has specialized in child care law since 1989, and has acted as a solicitor for local authorities, parents and children. She regularly provides legal training for professionals working with children and has taught on the law module for student social workers. She is the author of See You in Court and A Practical Guide to Fostering Law, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for social workers. 15 Mar 2009
If anyone doubts a law book could be a page turner they should read Lynn Davis' Social Worker's guide to Children and Families Law. Perhaps I expected this book to be a bit like her previous book, which wouldn't be a bad thing, but this book for me, has taken the subject of children's law to new heights of understanding.
The presentation and detail was as I expected from this author, making it very readable. The layout, and in particular the appendix pages made referring back to previous chapters easy and efficient.
The case studies ought to make every social worker reading this book think and re think their position on how to present every case.
Social workers these days are under pressure to perform and their case loads are often too much. This book puts things into perspective. It will help social workers evaluate their own case studies when dealing with legal issues on parenting.
The book basically does what it says it does: it will help guide social workers in law, which can only help vulnerable children and their families, and is written in Ms Davis' usual jargon free and honest style I have come to appreciate.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Law becomes alive 28 Sep 2009
By Sabine
Just to recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who wants to get to grips with Children and Families Law in England. Lynn Davis really manages to bring the Law alive and demonstrates how to use it for the benefit of Children and Families. If you are a student, read it as it has loads of case studies, good discussion points and makes you think. As a practitioner I will have this book very close to my workplace!
I never used to understand and really engage with the law but I have enjoyed reading this book and engage with the subject through all the interesting cases and discussions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 29 July 2010
This book is well written and understandable.
I have just completed my second year in a Social Work degree, and would say this book is invaluable.
It takes what can be a very complicated area LAW, and breaks it in to understandable pieces,giving case studies and examples, putting it all into context. Definately a book worth having to hand, money well spent. It covers various legislation and has sections on Contact, Accommodation, Child Protection and Care proceedings to name a few.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The social worker's guide 15 Feb 2013
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This book as been invaluble to my course work. Would recommend anyone working the childcare sector to purchase this book. The service was excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy for law paper 30 Jun 2012
By jaz006
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Easy to read
Easy to understand
Gives examples to improve understanding
Worth the money
Essential for Social work degree
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 May 2011
By Laura82
Used this in my open book law exam (final year social work) and it was great, easy to use and read. Would recommend for students and qualified practitioners, very handy indeed!!
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