This book provides a key text for social work students and practitioners undertaking or learning about statutory social work interventions such as: being detained under the Mental Health Act; having a child removed to a place of safety; or having a carer’s assessment. As a social work student in the UK, you are required to gain experience of statutory tasks involving legal interventions as part of your practice learning. This book provides you with formal knowledge such as legislative and policy frameworks but from the perspective of people who have experienced them first-hand. Recognising the expertise of people with a lived experience is an essential part of social work practice but this voice is often lacking within social work text books. The Guide to Statutory Social Work Interventions: the lived experience, shares people’s experiences in an engaging and person-centred way. We consider dilemmas and difficult decisions social workers have to make and explore the impact of professional judgements and legal interventions on the lives of people we support. Each chapter is written by a service user or carer, with formal content such as broader implications, underpinning legislation, policies and research, added by a social worker. In some chapters, contributors have both areas of expertise as they identify as a service user or carer and are a registered social worker. Our approach to the book is underpinned by principles of: how we learn as adults; values and ethics of the social work profession; and the requirements to involve people with lived experience in social work education in the UK. These, along with how best to use this book to support your own learning and development, are outlined here.
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