PRACTISING LAW IN SOCIAL WORK

SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2L522643
Module Leader Lynn Sheridan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Social Work
Trimester
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of Level 1 BA Hons Social Work/equivalent

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the Scottish Legal System, statutes in force that relate to social work practice and the processes and implementation of law making. The primary focus of the module is to enable students to develop an understanding of the legislation relevant to social work practice in order that they are able to integrate this into their subsequent practice placements. Students are encouraged to explore the relationship between the law and justice, focusing on the potential for discrimination within the legal process. The module begins by contextualising the law within the wider social policy context before moving on to examine particular aspects of the statutory framework in detail.

Syllabus

1. Functions of law in society: administrative, professional and general law. 2. Relationship between social policy and the legal framework. 3. Law relevant to social work practice. 4. Roles and responsibilities within the legal framework.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and awareness of the relationship between social policy and the legal context.2. Demonstrate a knowledge, understanding and awareness of the processes by which legislation and social policy decisions are implemented within organisations.3. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and awareness of core legal principles, concepts, and procedures within the Scottish Legal System4. Evaluate and critically analyse the main aspects of legislation that are relevant to social work practice.5. Identify, evaluate and critically analyse how discrimination and oppression may be affected by organisational structures and legislation

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module is taught using a variety of methods including lectures, seminars and group tasks. Students will also work together to produce a series of group presentations based on case materials. Their learning will be further consolidated through the use of digital media tools. The strategy will encourage the development and the application of knowledge and understanding of the law to practice.

Indicative Reading

Braye, S. and Preston-Shoot, M., 2016. Practising Social Work Law. Basingstoke, Macmillan International Higher Education. Calder, B., 2010. A Guide to the Adult Support and Protect (Scotland) Act 2007. Dundee, Dundee University Press. Clelland, A., (2008). Child Abuse, Protection and the Law. W. Green. Croall, H., Mooney, G. and Munro, M. eds., 2012. Criminal Justice in Scotland. London, Routledge. Croall, H., Mooney, G. and Munro, M. eds., 2015. Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland. London, Routledge. Davis, R. and Gordon, J. eds., 2010. Social Work and the Law in Scotland. Basingstoke, Macmillan International Higher Education. Ferguson, H. and Norton, J., 2011. Child Protection Practice. Basingstoke, Macmillan International Higher Education. Franks, R. and Cobbs, D., 2017. Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. Freeman. R., 2017. Human Rights: Key Concepts. Cambridge, Polity Press. Gordon, J. and Davis, R., 2018. The Legal Context for Social Work in Scotland. In Social Work in a Changing Scotland (pp. 38-46). London, Routledge. Guthrie, T., 2018. Social Work Law in Scotland. Edinburgh, Bloomsbury Professional. Hothersall, S., 2013. Social Work with Children, Young People and their Families in Scotland. London, Learning Matters, Sage. Johns, R., 2015. Ethics and Law for Social Workers. London, Sage. Johns, R., 2017. Using the Law in Social Work. London, Learning Matter, Sage. Larkin, R., Maglajlic, A. and Larkin, R. Social Work with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants. London, Jessica Kingsley. Maclean, S. and Shiner, M., 2018. Social Care and the Law in Scotland. Kirwin Maclean Associates Ltd. Munro, E., 2011. The Munro Review of Child Protection: Final Report, A Child-Centred System (Vol. 8062). The Stationery Office. Norrie, K., 2013. Children's Hearings in Scotland. Edinburgh, W. Green. Patrick, H., 2016. Mental Health, Incapacity and the Law in Scotland. Edinburgh, Bloomsbury Professional. Reed, R.J. and Murdoch, J., 2016. Human Rights law in Scotland. Edinburgh, Bloomsbury Publishing. Smith, N., 2016. Adult Protection and the Law in Scotland. Edinburgh, Bloomsbury Publishing.

Transferrable Skills

-284 1. Problem solving skills. 2. Communication skills. 3. Teamwork. 4. Written and verbal skills. 5. Skills in utilising resources.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Seminars (FT) 18.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Written assignment 3000 words