Socw 6520 Legal Considerations

Much like the social work code of ethics, laws stipulate how social workers conduct and deliver social services. Every social services agency and program must adhere to specific laws. For example, the establishment of child welfare laws and standards has altered how social workers respond to cases of child abuse.

This week, you explore the legal context of your professional practice. You also examine potential interactions that may violate the law, including approaches to prevent breaches of law in social work practice.

As you work, consider how the law may affect the way you interact with potential clients and the services offered by your agency.

Post a blog post that includes (2 to 3 pages)

  • Any legal considerations during your field education experience that you may have had to address or that you might address
  • An explanation of potential challenges in adhering to legal considerations during your field education experience

 

Required Readings

Birkenmaier, J., & Berg-Weger, M. (2018). The practicum companion for social work: Integrating class and fieldwork (4th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.
Chapter 9, “Social Work Practice and the Legal System” (pp. 207-224)

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