Just as the citizen is governed by legal rules, just as for example the police have legal rules delimiting their powers and duties, so anyone who performs a function within an organised society must operate within the laws enacted by the representatives of that society. The social worker operates within a legal system, and as a citizen is governed by the rules of conduct of that system, but as a social worker he is endowed with powers over and above those of the private individual, and is subjected to checks on the abuse of those powers. Specific powers and duties will be dealt with in their particular contexts. The social worker’s involvement in court, dealt with in Chapter 2, is largely restricted to Magistrates’, or occasionally Crown, Court level. However, some general knowledge of the Superior Courts and their jurisdiction is essential to the social worker’s basic legal awareness and training.
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