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Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law for Social Workers

Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law for Social Workers
An Introduction

August 2015 | 192 pages | Learning Matters

Many social work students find the study of mental health legislation a complex and at times challenging process. Acts of law can seem irrelevant and far-removed from everyday practice and the person-centred approach that many social workers take. This book introduces students to the fundamental principles of mental health law and how they can be applied to everyday practice. There are clear introductions to key Acts such as the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act as well as the relevant Codes of Practice. These introductions, applied to social work case examples from practice, make this book a perfect key text for the social work law module. Students will see that mental health law doesn't exist in a vacuum and instead develops and evolves through constant interaction with the fundamental principles of sound social work practice.

Introduction to mental health and the law
What is the law?
Historical perspectives
Introduction to the Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2005
Application to practice
Principles and values
Providing care
Care outside of hospital
Other provisions and safeguards
Mentally disordered offenders
Deprivation of liberty safeguards

Godefroy’s text is a timely introduction to mental health law aimed particularly at the mental health social worker. It will most likely prove invaluable to students choosing to specialise in mental health. He provides very detailed and clear expectations of the processes involved in formal mental health assessments, what needs to take place in practice and how this happens. This will prove very illuminating and insightful for the non-AMHP and practitioner considering embarking on AMHP qualification.

Matthew Gough
British Journal of Social Work

Very useful book that help social work students links mental health and mental capacity and identify how to link these to practice.

Miss Meldene Elder
Social Work Department, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
September 11, 2019

This is a clear and concise book which clearly sets out mental capacity law which can be a difficult topic.

Mrs Claire Carkin
Healthcare, Nursing & Social Work, City College Norwich
September 9, 2019

A well set out book that is a supplement for those students choosing a mental health module

Mrs Sonia Pieczenko-Feldges
Care , University Centre Grimsby
October 3, 2016

A clear and comprehensive account of a potentiallly complex and confusing - yet necessary - area of law for socal work students.

Mr Michael Marriott
Department of Health & Social Care, The Open University
January 2, 2016

This book is a clear, concise and matter of fact guide to any health professional working in the field of mental health.

Mr Neil Robdale
Health, Social Care, Sport & Ex. Sci, Glyndwr University
November 24, 2015

A superb introductory text.

Mr Paul Rimmer
Social Work , Edge Hill University
November 23, 2015

An extremely helpful and contemporary text which will certainly form a key reference for all teaching within the fields of mental capacity and mental health.

Mr Luke Tibbits
Centre for Lifelong Learning, Warwick University
October 6, 2015

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