The law and the family and youth justice systems KSS 8

Last reviewed: 19 May 2020

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This page sets out the knowledge and skills listed under KSS 8 (the law and family and youth justice systems) in the Department for Education’s post-qualifying standard: knowledge and skills statement for child and family practitioners (KSS). Against this, we have mapped Community Care Inform guides, research, learning tools and other resources to help social workers meet KSS 8 as part of learning and development during the ASYE, preparing for the National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) and other CPD. The links to the resources are in blue; click to follow them to the page you’re interested in.

 What does the statement say?

 Resources to help you

A child and family social worker should be able to:

•      Navigate the family and youth justice systems to support families, to protect children and look after children in the public care system, including the regulatory frameworks that support the full range of permanence options.

•      Participate in decisions about whether to apply to the family court, the order to be applied for, and the preparation and presentation of evidence.

•      Seek advice and second opinion as required in relation to legal issues such as immigration, housing, welfare benefits, mental health and learning disability assessment, education and support for children with learning difficulties.

•      Use the law, regulatory and statutory guidance to inform practice decisions.

•      Take into account the complex relationship between professional ethics, the application of the law and the impact of social policy on both.

The court skills knowledge and practice hub includes a wide range of legal and practical information including:

CC Inform also provides accessible, updated digests of the legislation that affects your practice, for example:
The Children Act 1989, The Adoption and Children Act 2002, Children and Families Act 2014, The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010 (as amended) (Statutory Instrument 2010/959)
You can also search the site using the title of any act or set of regulations you are interested in.

Guidance on specific legal issues

Social work and the Prevent duty takes an example of an issue where professional ethics, the law and social policy may conflict and suggests how to approach five example practice dilemmas.

Writing court reports considers the ethical dimensions around how society defines child abuse, neglect and maltreatment and the power social workers have when gathering and presenting evidence.

Interactive supported learningIf you organisation has a workforce licence, you can access interactive quizzes and case scenarios to help you prepare for NAAS. These include quizzes to test your knowledge on the legal frameworks for and .
Find out more about supported learning here.

Links to resource maps for other parts of the KSS:

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Online resource map for all parts of the KSS
PDF version of the resource map for all parts of the KSS
Quick guide to the knowledge and skills statements and their role in the ASYE, NAAS and ongoing professional development
Map of resources for the practice supervisor KSS