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The Role of Law in Social Work Practice and Administration - Theodore J. Stein

The Role of Law in Social Work Practice and Administration

Hardcover Published: 18th August 2004
ISBN: 9780231126489
Number Of Pages: 496
For Ages: 22+ years old

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The strong nexus between law and social work is beyond dispute: the law informs day-to-day social work practice and administration, and social workers are employed by the courts. Moreover, they work collaboratively with attorneys in legal aid offices, public defenders'offices, and other law enforcement settings, interviewing clients, preparing reports for use in court, interpreting social science information, and providing consultation on how best to approach client problems. This book addresses the relationship between the professions of social work and law and helps social workers develop the knowledge necessary to practice in a legal environment. The author focuses on how the law affects the day-to-day practice of social work; the creation, administration, and operation of social service agencies; and the ways in which social workers and attorneys collaborate to serve the public.

This book provides an outstanding resource for all social workers and social work students. Covered are the laws that have a direct and indirect impact on practice across a wide variety of settings. It provides practitioners with much needed assistance in how to conduct searches on relevant laws, how to be a witness and to testify in court, and timely information about all aspects of professional liability. In the last chapters, the role of law as it directly affects social workers in child welfare, schools, domestic violence, health and mental health care settings is reviewed. Social workers should not be without this valuable book in their libraries.

Introductionp. 3
Sources of lawp. 17
The justice system and an introduction to criminal and civil lawp. 43
Legal researchp. 74
The organization of social services and the regulation of the professionp. 99
Social workers and the courtsp. 122
Professional liabilityp. 150
Families and the lawp. 175
Educationp. 207
Care and protection of childrenp. 229
Adoptionp. 260
Domestic violencep. 291
Legal issues in health carep. 313
Mental health and the lawp. 337
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ISBN: 9780231126489
ISBN-10: 0231126484
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 18th August 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.12
Weight (kg): 0.77