For a community or society to function, there needs to be a range of structures around power, rights and responsibilities and processes that help define how individuals, communities and organisations behave and are regulated. Wherever social workers practice, they should have a good appreciation of the legal system and how it will impact on their clients as well as their professional practice.
In this unit, students will be introduced to the fundamental features of the Australian and Victorian legal system and will interrogate critically reflect upon and analyse the roles and responsibilities of the social worker within these legislative, judicial and administrative contexts. Students will also research and analyse the various systems that are available to support people with legal issues and how the principles of social justice and human rights are applied. In addition, students will demonstrate their working knowledge of the Australian legal system and the importance of legal knowledge to competent social work practice through the preparation of report writing. Students will also consider the Australian Association of Social Workers Professional Practice Standards and Code of Ethics that guide professional behaviour in a range of social work scenarios.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
There are no required texts for this unit; a range of resources will be available via VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):