SW7047 - Professional Law for Social Work (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Professional Law for Social Work|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||10|
|School||School of Social Professions|
|Total study hours||100|
|Running in 2017/18||
This module will help students develop a critical understanding of primary statutes, regulations and guidance related to social work in the context of children and families law, adult law and mental health law.
This module provides opportunities for students to:
- Identify and critically analyse the main statutes, regulations and guidance relevant to social work.
- Analyse case-law relevant to social work and critically evaluate the law as it applies to children and families and vulnerable adults.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the law within the context of anti-discriminatory practice
- Legal and policy frameworks
- Applying legislation to practice
- Reviewing case law
- Tensions between guidance, policy and case-law in relation to interventions
Core areas to include:
- Children & Family law
- Community Care law
- Mental Health law
- Law relevant to domestic violence
- Equality & Human Rights
Learning and teaching
Weekly sessions will be interactive with a balance of direct input and student led seminars.
Students will be provided with questions related to aspects of the law and leading cases to be covered weekly. They will be directed to relevant reading in order to research answers to these questions, applying them to social work practice and values.
On successful completion of this module students will:
(LO1) Critically understand the legal frameworks within which social workers practise.
(LO2) Demonstrate knowledge of the legal rights of service users and how they might be upheld in practice.
(LO3) Evaluate critically the relevant legislation and legal obligations available to social workers, and options for intervention on behalf of service users in a range of practice settings
There will be 3-hour unseen open book examination which will require students to apply their knowledge of statute and case-law to set case studies. The exam will consist of 3 equally-weighted components , each of which must be passed.
Brammer, A. (2010) Social Work Law (3rd ed.), London, Longmans
Brayne, H. & Carr, H. (2012) Law for Social Workers, (12th ed.) Oxford: Oxford University Press
Brown, R. (2013) The approved mental health professional's guide to mental health law (3rd ed.) Exeter: Learning Matters
Edwards, A. (2011) Violence against women under international human rights law, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
John, R. (2011), Using the law in social work (5th ed.), Exeter: learning Matters
Mandelstam, M (2013) Safeguarding adults and the law (2nd ed.), London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Mandelstam, M (2005) Community care practice and the law (4th ed.), London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Seymour, C & Seymour, R.B (2013) Practical Child Law for Social Workers A guide to English Law and Policy London: Sage
White, R., Broadbent, G. and Brow, K (2009). Law and the social work practitioner: a manual for practice (2nd ed.) Exeter: Learning Matters
White, R. (2008) The Children Act in practice (4th ed.), London: Lexis
E- sources include legal databases (particularly Lexis)
Lexis Library: http://0-www.lexisnexis.com.emu.londonmet.ac.uk/uk/legal/auth/checkbrowser.do?rand=0.08961204140194301&cookieState=0&ipcounter=1&bhcp=1
SCIE (2009) E:Learning Law & Social Work http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/elearning/law/