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Social Work Law

Applying the Law in Practice

AUTHOR : By Michelle Evans and Denise Harvey

ISBN : 9781914171802

Edition No : 1

Publication : May 23, 2022

Extent : 192 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171819

Edition No : 1

Publication : May 23, 2022

Extent : 192 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171826

Edition No : 1

Publication : May 23, 2022

Extent : 192 pgs


Designed with the student in mind, this contemporary and creative textbook takes the fear out of learning law, and enables students to apply it to their social work practice with confidence.


Social Work Law is an exciting new textbook that supports students who are often intimidated by law as a subject. It helps them remember all the relevant Acts and legislation, and illustrates how the law can be applied in practice.  Learning features such as mindmaps, end of chapter tests, and personal reflection boxes provide powerful tools for understanding and recall. It also explores key study skills to help students with essay preparation and taking a social work law exam.  

Mapped to modules and based on teaching needs, it supports lectures too with up to date content and worked examples to follow throughout.

Accessible and engaging, this introduction guides readers through the modern professional and legal context of Social Work, equipping them with the tools they need to be able to think critically and adapt to whatever situation they may encounter in their practice. 

Whether a qualifying student on an undergraduate degree course, an Social Work degree apprentice, or a newly qualified social worker, this is the go-to textbook for being able to understand , think critically, and apply law to your social work practice.


Chapter 1: Introduction to using this book

Chapter 2: Introduction to the English legal system and social work


Part One; Law relating to children

Chapter 3: Child legislation part one – Child in need or risk of significant harm?

Chapter 4: Child legislation part two - When children become looked after

Chapter 5 Child legislation part three – Children in the criminal justice system


Part Two: Law affecting children and adults

Chapter 6: Chapter 7: Children and adults - Mental Capacity Act 2005

Chapter 7: Deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) and Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) - Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019

Chapter 8: Children and adults - Mental Health Act 1983/2007

Chapter 9: Children and adults – Legislation pertaining to disability/impairment seen and unseen


Part Three: Law specific to adults

Chapter 10: Adult care: Care Act 2014


Part Four: Practice related study skills

Chapter 11:  Study skills: Applying the law to your social work practice



Chapter 12: Conclusion






Dr Michelle Evans is a published author, filmmaker, placement link lecturer, senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and senior lecturer at London South Bank University (LSBU) where she is module lead teaching law for social workers at masters’ level.  Michelle takes great pride in finding innovative and interesting ways to engage and teach students to enable them to not only reach their full potential in terms of assignment grades but to take academic learning and apply it in social work practice, increasing the students personal professional

Denise Harvey is a qualified Social Worker with over 21 years’ experience working within various areas children and families' services.  She is a fellow of the higher education academy (FHEA) and Professional Lead for Social work at LSBU. Having significant current practice experience in both the youth court and the family court she uses her practice skills as the Module Lead on the undergraduate Law for Social Work module. Denise is an experienced and published researcher whose areas of expertise include, youth justice law,  risk and decision making and is currently undertaking her PhD.


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Your Reviews on this book

"Learning about the law in Social Work can be daunting for students. Having resources to support learners to manage their anxieties and to facilitate their learning is essential.  Dr Evans and Ms Harvey have developed a unique resource that seeks to make learning about the law in social work more accessible."

Dr Andrew Richardson FRSA, SHHEA Head of Division Social Work, Community & Public Health, London South Bank University.

"This highly readable book is a great guide for students seeking to understand the range of relevant legislation. The use of case studies really brings the law to life, making it easier to understand and remember. The materials are attractive and colour coded, which enables students to link the law more clearly. The study skills chapter, designed to help students with law essays and law exams, is particularly innovative and helpful. An authoritative but accessible guide that should be required reading." 

Dr Andrew Whittaker Professor of Social Work Research, London South Bank University

“This book contains all that Social Work students will need to gain a clear understanding of relevant law current to practice.  Students are often riddled with anxiety when their law exam is looming.  This textbook offers a differential learning approach suitable for learners of all styles and needs.  I have been educating and training students and qualified staff for 26 years and consider this publication’s content with its various activities and information highly relevant to students  to embed law confidently and appropriately in their placements and future practice… This is a great resource and well worth the investment.”

Darlene Lamont MA Course Director, School of Allied Health, Social Work and Advanced Practice
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