Full Title:Legal Issues in Social Care
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:LAW B8001
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:no description provided
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Examine the function of the law as a means towards achieving equality within a diverse society.
  2. Analyze the contemporary issues that are influencing the need for reform of the regulatory framework in respect to social care delivery.
  3. Argue effectively the need for the social care practitioner to become an advocate of the interests of client groups.
  4. Assess the changes that are required in the law and legal framework to respond to the identified needs of vulnerable individuals and groups in society.
  5. Evaluate the current legal context for the provision and reform of Mental Health Care.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Law Reform and Family Law.
The continuing relevance and developing impact of Article 42 and 42 A of the Constitution. Consideration of the relevant international conventions in the reforn of domestic family law including the European Convention on Human Rights, The European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Autonomy, decison making and capacity
Identified approachs to revision of the law in respect to legal (mental) capacity, decision making capacity, no comprehensive legislation addressing the issue of capacity, scheme of Mental Capacity Bill 2008 published by Department of Justice and Equality in 2008 and the approach adopted by the scheme.
The social care professional/worker as an advocate of client's rights and the polcy context of advocacy.
Advocay as a core concept in the role of the social care worker, the role of CORU and developed codes of ethics and conduct, the Disability Act 2005 and the model of advocacy developed in conjunction with the Citizen Information Act 2007, the role of the National Advisory Service for people with disabilities.
The legal framework for ensuring there is no threat of harm to a child or vulverable adult
Examination of the scheme of vetting as provided for by the Natioanl Vetting Bureau (Protection of Children and Vunverable Adults ) Act 2012, mandatory reporting as a policy tool and the draft 'Children First' legislation. Other mandatory reporting legislative provisions. Current and proposed 'Whistleblowing' legislation including the provisons of the Health Act 2007.
The regulatory framework established by the Mental Health Act 2001 and proposals for reform.
The Mental Health Act 2001 and the the establishment of a legislative framework for involuntary admission and the the promotion and maintenance of quality standards of care and treatment. A'Vision for Change' 2006 and the related requirement, proposals for reform of the 2001 Act including the Department of Heath Review of the Mental Health Acts
Elder abuse
Examination of the emergence of 'elder abuse' as a recognised social policy issue, proposals for reform of the legal framework for the protection of the elderly person including issues of capacity and protection in the community
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Essay The student will be required to complete an assignment which will address a contemporary legal issue in respect to social care and critically examine either the proposals for reform or recommend the need for reform in the identified policy area. The assignment should reflect and critique the law as a policy toll in respect to social care delivery. 1,2,3,4 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
There will be no opportuity to re-submit the essay/assignment

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Directed Reading No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Study No Description 5.50 Every Week 5.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Jim Nestor 2011, Irish Family Law 4th Edition, 4th Ed., 1-3, Gil & Macmillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717149773]
  • Geoffrey Shannon 2011, Child Care Law, 1st Ed., All, Roundhall Press London [ISBN: 9781858006635]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • website: irish Governement 2013, The Irish Government Website; www.irlgov.ie, irish Government, Dublin
  • website: Oireachtas 2013, Oireachtas website, Oireachtas, Dublin
  • website: Court service 2013, Courts and judgements, Courts service, Dublin
  • website: Citizens Information Board 2013, Citizens Information Board, Citizens Information Board, Dublin
  • website: Mental Health Commission 2013, Mental Health Commission, Mental Health Commission, Dublin
  • website: Law Reform Commission 2013, Reporta and Consulatations, Law Reform Commission, Dublin
  • website: Coru, Health and Social Care Professionals Council 2013, CORU, CORU, Dublin
  • website: British and Irish Legal Information website 2013, Legal information website, British and Irish Legal Institute, London

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HSOCA_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care 7 Mandatory