Focus on Social Work Law

by Alison Brammer

Making Good Decisions

By Michael Preston-Shoot

What does the law require of social workers when deciding how to intervene to protect children and adults at risk? What social work standards should guide decisions about whether, when and how to invoke statutory powers and duties in practice?

Making Good Decisions provides an accessible and practical guide to the legal rules and principles that should guide everyday social work practice. It sets out the key elements of administrative law, equality and human rights legislation which shape how social workers practise and illustrates how knowledge and use of legal principles can support core social work goals, including empowerment, equality and social justice. An invaluable reference point for all students and practitioners, this book will support and empower social workers to feel more confident in making and challenging decisions, more credible when presenting assessments and plans, and more creative when working with service users and carers.

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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Richly illustrated with case law examples, this book provides a valuable guide to the legal aspects of decision making in social work. -Brian Taylor, Professor of Social Work, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

Table of contents

Introduction

  1. First Principles
  2. Foundations of Good Decision-making
  3. Human Rights and Equality
  4. Partnerships within Decision-making
  5. Who Decides?
  6. What can we Afford?
  7. Deciding to Share Information
  8. Learning from the Uncomfortable and Unthinkable
  9. Embedding and Ensuring Best Practice

About the author

Michael Preston-Shoot is Professor of Social Work and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of Bedfordshire, UK.