S. Braye and M. Preston-Shoot
International Journal of Social Welfare, vol.15, 2006, p.19-26
Law is regarded in some countries as the core component of social work practice, whereas in other countries the core component is the ethical duty of care. Welfare legislation often contains conflicting imperatives which social workers have to balance in their casework. Law can also increasingly be seen as part of the framework for accountability in policy interpretation and practice. Practitioners can legitimately look to law for support in ensuring that their own and their employers’ practices remain embedded within a duty of care that observes both legal and ethical rules.