Essential Law for Social Workers

Robert Madden (Author)


Whether protecting their own rights or those of their clients, or navigating the juvenile justice, immigration, or welfare systems, social workers confront legal issues every day. This book explores legal concepts, legal reasoning, and legal processes--illustrated with case vignettes from social work practice--in order to provide social work practitioners and students with practical and accessible legal knowledge. It introduces readers to scholarship about the law and to conceptual knowledge that can be applied to any interaction with the legal system. Social workers are thereby enabled to "think like a lawyer" and increase their effectiveness. The volume features a discussion of recent reform movements, including Alternative Dispute Resolution, and an appendix of sources for legal information and research on the law.

Product Details

Columbia University Press
Publish Date
October 01, 2003
5.86 X 0.51 X 9.2 inches | 0.84 pounds
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About the Author

Robert G. Madden is a professor of social work at Saint Joseph College and a consultant for the Children's Law Center. He is the author of Legal Issues in Social Work and Counseling and Mental Health.


"Essential Law for Social Workers" is a unique way of approaching law for social workers. By looking at the law through the lens of lawyers and the principles under which they work, Madden provides a conceptual framework for social workers to use the legal system as a tool for advocacy and social change. The book is practical, easy to read, and provides useful case examples to make the law understandable for social workers and applicable to social work values.