Social workers should also be aware of malpractice tort laws that identify when a social worker may be legally responsible for causing harm to a client if they perform their professional duties in a manner that falls below a reasonable standard of care finally some social workers practice in forensic settings providing investigations evaluation expert testimony and treatment for clients involved in court or other legal systems such settings include probation parole prison child . Law for social workers has been supporting social work students and professionals for over 25 years written by an expert team with practical experience this book provides the perfect combination of legal explanation and practical insight and is the ideal text to see students through their course and career. The law provides a framework for practice which grants the social worker with powers to take appropriate action a starting point for understanding the legal framework is statute law which is one of the main sources of law and is contained in an act of parliament the children act 1989 is an example of statute law. Social workers who make ethical decisions in such situations without knowledge or consultation of relevant law do so at their own peril regulatory law social work practice also is governed by many regulations promulgated by federal and state government agencies such as the us department of health and human services and state human service child welfare and mental health agencies
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