Focus on Social Work Law

by Alison Brammer

Child Protection 2e

By Kim Holt

Knowledge of the relevant legislation, regulations and statutory guidance is crucial to child protection social work. Meeting the need for a dedicated text on child protection law, this book provides an accessible and practically-grounded guide to the principles, structures and processes of the law in this complex area of social work.

The book starts by setting out important legislation and policy, and moves on to show how the legal framework shapes central child protection tasks such as decision-making and assessment. It covers the range and effects of short-term and emergency orders and also examines the law and practice in relation to care and supervision orders. Distinctively, the book provides guidance on how to prepare for court proceedings, including advice on writing reports and statements, as well as giving evidence in court.

The text is supported by a range of innovative features and boxed information to aid learning and stimulate reflection:
  • Key Case Analysis boxes summarize the details of particular legal cases and outline the implications for social work practice
  • Practice Focus boxes apply legal principles and processes to practice through the use of social work scenarios
  • On-The-Spot Questions reinforce understanding and encourage critical reflection

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A valuable addition to the library of any social work student or practitioner, Child Protection is ideal for both study and reference. -Penelope Welbourne, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Plymouth University, UK

Table of contents


  1. Child Care Law and Practice
  2. Decision-Making, Assessment and Working with Others
  3. Emergency Applications/Short-Term Measures
  4. Care and Supervision
  5. Policies, Procedures and Protocols: a Way Forward Post-Munro
  6. Preparing to go to Court
  7. Concluding Comments

About the author

Kim Holt is a Reader in Social Work and Family Law and is Head of Social Work and Communities at Northumbria University. She has many years' experience as both a qualified barrister and social worker.