Social Work Malpractice and Liability: Strategies for Prevention

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Columbia University Press, 1994 - Law - 266 pages
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Legal liability is one of the unfortunate risks associated with professional practice. The frequency of liability claims against social workers has been rising steadily, as has the monetary value of related judgements and out-of-court settlements. In light of this trend, it is important for all social workers to anticipate the possibility, however remote, that they will be named in a lawsuit and learn to recognize, minimize, and cope with these risks they encounter in their work.

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Frederic G. Reamer is a professor in the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College. He is the author of "Social Work Values and Ethics, Social Work Malpractice and Liability, The Philosophical Foundations of Social Work, and Ethical Dilemmas in Social Service;" co-author of "Rehabilitating Juvenile Justice;" and editor of "AIDS and Ethics and The Foundations of Social Work Knowledge," (all published by Columbia). He is also the author of the recently published "Ethical Standards in Social Work: Commentary on the NASW Code of Ethics.

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