Recently, legal issues have exerted increasing influence on the delivery of social work services. This book focuses on the legal system as it influences the social work profession and highlights laws that affect the delivery of services. Chapters cover the criminal justice system, juvenile courts, filiation and adoption concerns, and new legislation to give social workers a clear perspective on the legal environment in which social work operates. The book offers social workers real assistance for using the legal system successfully and creatively to develop effective interventions. Readers will learn how the law affects the organisation of social agencies and the delivery of services within complex organisations.