Practice issues surrounding the legal concept of capacity are of
fundamental importance to social work. The profession is committed
to maximizing service users' autonomy yet vulnerable people may be
at risk of abuse or injury if they exercise complete independence -
so practitioners need to know in what situations it is appropriate
for that autonomy to be curtailed. This accessible and
practically-grounded text equips social workers with the legal
knowledge needed to work effectively with some of the most
vulnerable people in society. It explores capacity in relation to
minors, vulnerable adults and mental health, as well as covering
complex issues such as refusal to accept treatment and deprivation
of liberty. The book goes on to explore the different legal
mechanisms that are available for promoting autonomy and
safeguarding people's interests. The text is supported by a range
of innovative features and boxed information to aid learning and
stimulate reflection: - Key Case Analysis boxes summarize the
details of particular legislation cases and outline the
implications for social work practice. - Practice Focus boxes apply
legal principles and processes to practice through the use of
social work scenarios. - On-The-Spot Questions reinforce
understanding and encourage critical reflection
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