Social Work in the Shadow of the Law

Social Work in the Shadow of the Law

5th edition

Edited by Simon Rice, Andrew Day and Linda Briskman


Social Work in the Shadow of the Law is an essential resource for social workers, social work students, and for all those who work in and study human services. Editors Simon Rice and Andrew Day are joined by eminent social work scholar and practitioner Linda Briskman in this fully updated fifth edition.

Key features of the new edition

  • New chapters on human rights and on research into multidisciplinary practice.
  • Fresh insights from new authors who are experienced social work practitioners.
  • Important additional case studies and references.
  • Updated material for all chapters including those on adoptions; child sexual abuse; domestic violence; elder abuse; Indigenous Australians; lesbian, gay and/or transgender people; the NDIS; refugees and asylum seekers; social work ethics; and being in court.
  • Analysis of how the law and social work practice intersect and of the alignment and tensions between these two disciplines.

More than 20 years since the publication of the first edition, this book continues to equip social and human service workers with knowledge that will enable them to work effectively with their clients, lawyers and the legal system.


Published 28 June 2018
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781760021610
Australian RRP $95.00
International Price $87.00