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Applying social work law with children and families
Applying social work law with children and families

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Age of Legal Capacity (Scotland) Act 1991
Children Act 1989
Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014
Children (Scotland) Act 1995
Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011
Human Rights Act 1998
Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014
Secondary legislation
The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (SI 1995/755)
International instruments
European Convention on Human Rights 1950
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989
Gillick v West Norfolk and Wisbech Area Health Authority [1986] AC 112
International cases
K v United Kingdom [1986] 50 DR 199; 207 E Comm HR
Books, articles, reports and other sources
Barton, C. and Douglas, G. (1995) Law and Parenthood, London, Butterworth.
Brammer, A. (2015) Social Work Law, 4th edn, Essex, Pearson Education Limited.
Department for Education (2014) Children Act 1989: Guidance and Regulations, Volume 1: Court Orders, London, The Stationery Office [Online]. Available at (Accessed 28 January 2019).
Department for Education (2018) Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children, August [Online]. Available at (Accessed 28 January 2019).
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (2017) Co-operating to Safeguard Children and Young People, August [Online]. Available at (Accessed 21 June 2018).
Duffy, J., Caldwell, J., and Collins, M. (2016) ‘Reflections on the impact of the Children (NI) Order 1995‘, Child Care in Practice, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 327–32.
Family Justice Review Panel (2011) Family Justice Review: Final Report, November [Online]. Available at (Accessed 23 January 2019).
Featherstone, B. White, S. and Morris, K. (2014) Re-imagining Child Protection: Towards Humane Social Work with Families, Policy Press, Bristol.
FFLAG (2021) LGBT+ Parenting. Available at: portfolio-item/ lgbtplus-parenting/ [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (Accessed: 21 March 2021).
Harding, L. F. (1997) Perspectives in Child Care Policy, Abingdon, Taylor & Francis.
Munro, E. (2011) The Munro Review of Child Protection: Final Report - A Child-centred System, May, Cm 8062 [Online]. Available at 5391/Munro-Review.pdf (Accessed 23 January 2019).
Munro, E. (2012) The Munro Review of Child Protection: Progress Report: Moving Towards a Child Centred System, 1 May [Online]. Available at 0861/DFE-00063-2012.pdf (Accessed 23 January 2019).
Office for National Statistics (2017) Families and Households: 2017 [Online]. Available at (Accessed 28 January 2019).
Ruspini, E. (2015) Diversity in Family Life: Gender, Relationships and Social Change, Policy Press, Bristol.
Scottish Government (2008) Getting it Right for Every Child [Online]. Available at (Accessed 13 February 2019).
Scottish Government. (2014) National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, 19 May [Online]. Available at (Accessed 23 January 2019).
Welsh Assembly Government (2007) Safeguarding Children: Working Together Under the Children Act 2004, September, G/232/06-07 [Online]. Available at (Accessed 4 June 2015).
Woolfson, R., Hefferman, E., Paul, M. and Brown, M. (2010) ‘Young people’s views of child protection in Scotland’, The British Journal of Social Work, vol. 40, no. 7, pp. 2069–85.