Law for Social Workers Paperback – 26 Jun 2008
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Hugh Brayne is a tribunal judge in social security, immigration and mental health tribunals. He is currently visiting professor at Portsmouth and Thames Valley Universities. Helen Carr is Lecturer in Law at the University of Kent
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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this law book is very big and contains alot of information, is a little bit dated but has relevant information.Published on 29 May 2014 by Rhian