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By Hardy & H, Stephen Hardy

This booklet presents an critical and sensible advisor to crucial social paintings legislation and perform. It supplies the reader a serious review of the trendy criminal procedure taking a look at the way legislation is made, the court docket constitution and the expanding effect of felony rules from Europe. every one subject is written with the social staff specialist and vocational wishes in brain. It bargains with the main obvious components of a social employees obligations: little ones and kinfolk. It examines the legal justice procedure with a unique bankruptcy at the position of the correct grownup. The e-book deals sensible recommendation on showing as a qualified witness and the specific evidential issues of youngsters Act instances. Prisoners rights, discrimination legislations, equivalent possibilities, immigration legislations and social safety difficulties also are lined. Written by way of lawyers with huge event of recent social paintings legislations and perform, legislation for Social employees presents transparent, targeted counsel on crucial social paintings legislations and strategy from a realistic viewpoint.

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Of importance to social work is the Health Services Commissioner (HSC), or ‘ombudsman’. Formerly a role undertaken by the PCA, in 1993 this grievance body was separated from the work of the PCA and given its own office by an Act of Parliament (see the Health Services Commissioner Act 1993). Like the PCA, the HSC investigates into health service provision. Giving reports and making recommendations to the Department of Health. Furthermore, the local government ombudsman, who have existed since 1972 under the Local Government Act, seek to investigate complaints which concern local authorities’ services, including social services.

The AG is responsible for the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Crown prosecution Service (CPS), and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). In his work, the AG is assisted by a deputy, the Solicitor General (SG), usually an MP or peer, and a legal secretariat. The current AG is John Morris QC MP and the SG is Lord Falconer QC. 21 LAW FOR SOCIAL WORKERS Director of Public Prosecutions The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has existed since 1879. The duties of the DPP are statutorily defined in the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.

Criminal courts These are primarily concerned with the prosecution of persons for criminal offences: Magistrates’ courts These are the inferior criminal courts. They are supervised by legal qualified clerks and either lay or stipendiary magistrates. Formerly described as ‘petty sessional’ courts, they deal with the minor criminal offences, such as assaults, burglary and breach of the peace, as well as committal proceedings, sending the more serious offenders to Crown Court for trial. A major part of the work of the magistrates’ courts is to operate as youth courts dealing with juvenile justice.

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