Law for Social Workers, 5th Edition

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This is a complete guide to the workings of the Canadian legal system as it relates to the practice of social work. The book uses the family life cycle as an organizing principle that connects legal procedures to the life of the family as it moves through marriage, parenthood, normal events, and specific crises along the continuum from birth to old age. The fifth edition of this book has been fully updated and revised to include the latest leading case law and legislation in the area.

Noteworthy updates and revisions include

  • Mediation and collaborative law
  • Procedural fairness and natural law
  • Discrimination on the basis of gender identity and social condition as well as a new discussion on equality rights
  • Results of the 2006 amendments to the procedures for bringing complaints to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, changes in the roles of judges in light of the increasing numbers of self-represented litigants, and the licensing of paralegals
  • Pretrial conferences and case conferences as informal mechanisms to resolve disputes as well as confidentiality and privilege in the ADR (Adoption Disclosure Register) context
  • What constitutes a family today and the challenges of defining it
  • New discussion on shared parenting and taking the views of children into consideration in custody assessments
  • International child abduction and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, including the Hoole v. Hoole decision (2008 B.C.S.C.)
  • New discussion on family violence
  • New section on the Adoption Disclosure Register
  • Mental disorders as they relate to § 16 of the Criminal Code as well as a new discussion on the defences of provocation, self-defence, and duress
  • Extensively revised discussions of pre-trial detention and sentencing
  • Expanded discussions on consent, capacity assessments, and powers of attorney for personal care
  • Substantially updated and expanded discussion on mental health and the law, especially Community Treatment Orders (CTOs)
  • The latest statistics and research on income inequality
  • Updated case law and legislative developments, on refugee claimants, and humanitarian and compassionate grounds for admitting immigrants
  • The latest training and educational requirements of the profession and the various provincial and territorial regulatory bodies


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