Encyclopedia of Social Services and Child Care Law
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Practice Area: Family & Social Welfare Law,
General Editor: Richard Jones
Format: Looseleaf
Status: Live on Westlaw UK

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Provides clear explanation of the law relating to the care of children and vulnerable adults and social services. The area of social services has been subject to rapid and far-reaching changes in recent years. The Encyclopedia of Social Services and Child Care Law exists to monitor these changes, and is unique in the scope of its material.

  • Presents authoritative interpretation of legislation and assessment of relevant cases
  • Covers children, wardship, adoption, community care, mental health and social services authorities
  • Deals with international elements
  • Sets out detailed guidance on the procedure to follow in courts and tribunals – supported by critical analysis
  • Details the legal position of those who are in receipt of social services provision
  • Identifies the legal powers of local authority social services departments
  • Reproduces statutory material, codes of practice and circulars
  • Looks at the interface between social service law and health care law and the complexities that this can create
  • Chapters are separated into convenient sections, each with its own mini-table of contents, statutes, delegated legislation, practice and procedure (including practice directions), Codes of Practice and circulars
  • Current developments are carefully monitored and incorporated into the Encyclopedia via three updating releases per year including practice directions, Codes of Practice and circulars
  • Family Law Bulletin: subscribers receive this publication as part of the service. Each issue gives an overview of developments in family law ensuring you are always up to date