Encyclopedia of Social Services and Child Care Law
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General Editor: Richard Jones
Format: Looseleaf
Status: Live on Westlaw UK

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The area of social services in England has been subject to rapid and far-reaching changes in recent years. The Encyclopedia of Social Services and Child Care Law provides you with a clear, up-to-date explanation of the law and practice relating to child care, community care, mental health, mental capacity and social services departments, including interpretation of the legislation and assessment of the relevant cases.

The Encyclopedia incorporates not only the legislative and case law developments in social services, child care and social care law, but also the increasingly important role being played by Government Circulars, Directions and Codes of Practice.

The authors’ expert commentary ensures that you act in accordance with the law and that you are able to identify the legal powers of local authority social services departments and the rights of clients. The Encyclopedia also helps you to identify areas of uncertainty and clarify what needs to be done and when.

You are also taken through the procedures of the courts and tribunals.

The Encyclopedia is separated into clear convenient sections, each with its own mini-table of contents, statutes, delegated legislation, practice and procedure (including practice directions), Codes of Practice and circulars.

How the Encyclopedia of Social Services and Child Care Law will help you:

  • Provides clear explanation of the law relating to the care of children and vulnerable adults
  • Presents authoritative interpretation of legislation and assessment of relevant cases
  • Covers children, wardship, adoption, community care, mental health, 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
  • Takes into account the changes introduced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012
  • Includes free subscription to the Family Law Bulletin. Each issue gives an overview of developments in family law ensuring you are always up to date