Law and the Social Work Practitioner : a Manual for Practice by Rodger White; Graeme Broadbent; Keith Brown

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It can also be done quite unobtrusively and through negotiation. For most of the time social workers are not using the formal institutions and mechanisms of law (such as courts, lawyers, the police, witness statements and so on) in order to provide a service. You should develop a positive, as well as a critical, approach to the use of law. This will include being sceptical about the ability of law to solve problems – it is only one component, albeit an extremely important one, in a range of knowledge, skills and values that you will need to practise effectively.

Selznick, P. (1979) Legality, in Campbell, C. and Wiles, P. (eds) Law and Society: Readings in the Sociology of Law. 141) The implications of this quotation for social work practice are: 1. 2. 3. Conclusion Law is not neutral. e. ) and through to implementation, value positions are revealed. In order to avoid being a mere ‘technician’ and instead becoming a competent practitioner, it is essential that you reflect on the messages contained in this chapter and in the supplementary reading. In particular, you cannot treat ‘law’ as a separate entity from you.

And Bell, C. ) Oxford: Oxford University Press (Ch. 3) Holland, J. A. S. ) Oxford: Oxford University Press (Ch. 1 The case of the legalistic child Please read through the facts of the case, and then attempt to answer some of the questions. The case is taken from Twining and Miers (1999, pp. 10–12). Johnny, aged seven, is an only child. In recent months his mother has been mildly worried because he has developed a craving for sweet things and this has affected his appetite at meal times. She has commented to her husband, a practising lawyer, that Johnny ‘seems to be developing a sweet tooth‘ and that ‘he has been eating too much between meals‘, but until now she has done nothing about the problem.

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