The exam is starting at 9:30 a.m. 13/01/2022 (UTC) London, Dublin
The deadline starts when your initial deadline is expires
The original word count is 750 but I have requested more than that as assignment is two case studies so please share word counts. (ie-1500 evenly)Any questions please ask.
Assignment Guidance
Title and Aim
Law Exam
Answer two of the case studies. One must be concerning children’s law and one on adult law.
Using your legal literacy skills set out how the law would frame your intervention in this situation and some of the circumstances you would consider. Make reference to statute, case law, human rights law, guidance and ethics.
In your answer, be clear about what aspect of the law and intervention you will be focussing on.
Draft Submission
No draft can be submitted. However example case studies will be completed in class and each student can submit a plan of how to complete one for feedback.
Final Submission
All assignments are submitted via canvas assignment page.
Return of Work
Grades and feedback will be published on canvas 3 weeks after the submission date.
Grading of assessment
This is the only assessment and makes up 100% of the mark. It must be passed to pass the module. The minimum pass mark is 50%. No formative assessment submission is needed to pass the module.
Word count excluding references
This assignment has a recommended word count of 750 words for each answer. However, there are no penalties in relation to exceeding the word count. You will be marked on the relevance and succinct nature of your writing.
To demonstrate your ability to apply legal literacy in the context of social work interventions.
Learning outcomes
(a) Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the legal context and framework to achieve better outcomes.
(b) Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of the ability to work in partnership with service users, carers, and other professionals.
(c) Demonstrate the systematic application and interpretation of law in practice and its link to informing judgement and decision making.
(d) Understand when to apply statutory powers and duties in order to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults and to ensure individual needs and rights are met. (Children and families, adults, mental health, mental capacity and older people)
(e) Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge and research to the social worker’s use of authority within an ethical framework.
This assignment must be referenced in line with Harvard Guidelines (Links to an external site.).
Assignment Task
We are asking you to produce a written explanation of how you will use your legal literacy skills to explain how you would go about an intervention in the case studies.
You will need to demonstrate your knowledge of and ability to apply the law will in the context of social work values and human rights.
You will not be able to cover everything in the case study so be clear what you will focus on. It is better to go into depth rather than try and include everything.
Use the 8 legal questions guide Download 8 legal questions guideto check you have covered what you need to.
Learning you will demonstrate
You will demonstrate you have understood how the law frames intervention and how you will exercise professional judgement and decision making in this context. You should concentrate on process just as much as analysing information. For example, ask what you know, what you don’t know and how you can find it out; who you would talk to and what you would ask. Do not make assumptions and question assumptions made by others in the case study.
In particular demonstrate how you approach the law in a way that shows your social work values. This includes an awareness of issues of poverty, social exclusion and discrimination. It also includes an awareness of issues connected to the appropriate use of professional power.
A good answer will draw out the dilemmas created by social work practice in a statutory context and include some practical suggestions about how you would or could address these.
Crucial to any answer is the appropriate consultation and involvement of service users.
Practical Considerations. (issues of consent, application forms, ethical approval, any fees associated with assignment)
Targeted Teaching and Support
Throughout the taught sessions you will be given the opportunity to practice completing case studies and to discuss your work.
There are a variety of case studies in the weekly resources to practice with. You are encouraged to share your work with the tutor for feedback.
To be really prepared write written paragraphs bringing together the statute, case law, human rights, codes, research and ethical debates in relation to 2 or 3 of the following: assessing capacity, best interest, Care Act related (eligibility, care planning or safeguarding), Mental Health Act s117 or Children Act (child in need, s20 accommodation and child protection). These could then be easily adapted to any case study. You should have clear in your mind what the likely ethical dilemmas are in these areas and the sources to back this up.
Sit down with a core text (Brammer or Carr and Goossey), an electronic Code (the relevant Code of Practice found on line (see below)), the lecture slides and other sources you could use from the slides or reading list. For example, community care inform adults or children (accessed via our departments home library page) is a great place to get summary of statute, case law and research.
Mental Health Act 1983
MHA Code of Practice
Mental Capacity Act 2005
MCA Code of Practice
Children Act 1989
Working Together to Safegaurd Children
Care Act 2014
Care and Support Statutory Guidance
Suggested Structure/ Format
A one sentence introduction stating which area of the case study you will focus on.
Paragraphs analysing processes you would follow in depth, the facts you believe are relevant to this, the legal requirements and some suggestions.
Paragraphs discussing the ethical and legal dilemmas, how they are relevant to the case study and some practical suggestions.
A conclusion summing up your approach.
An answer should include case law, statute, human rights law, statutory guidance, ethical dilemmas, social work values and relevant reports or research.
Key Reading
Students are directed to the talis aspire reading list.

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