The role of law in welfare reform: critical perspectives on the relationship between law and social work practice

Braye, Suzy and Preston-Shoot, Michael (2006) The role of law in welfare reform: critical perspectives on the relationship between law and social work practice. International Journal of Social Welfare, 15 (1). pp. 19-26. ISSN 1369-6866

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Abstract

This paper considers the complex relationships between law, welfare policy and social work practice, to address the question of what role legal frameworks might play in achieving welfare policy and professional practice goals. The authors trace how law has developed as a core component of professional practice, and challenge some of the false expectations placed upon it. They then draw on findings from an international knowledge review of law teaching in social work education to propose a model for understanding how professional practice incorporates legal perspectives, and propose ways in which legal frameworks can provide positive and constructive vehicles for accountable practice.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: This paper considers the complex relationships between law, welfare policy and social work practice, to address the question of what role legal frameworks might play in achieving welfare policy and professional practice goals. The authors trace how law has developed as a core component of professional practice, and challenge some of the false expectations placed upon it. They then draw on findings from an international knowledge review of law teaching in social work education to propose a model for understanding how professional practice incorporates legal perspectives, and propose ways in which legal frameworks can provide positive and constructive vehicles for accountable practice.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0040 Social service. Social work. Charity organization and practice Including social case work, private and public relief, institutional care, rural social work, work relief
Depositing User: Suzy Braye
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2151
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