Legal Framework for Social Care


This module will introduce students to the Irish legal framework as it pertains to social care work. Topics covered will include the sources of Irish law, the Irish court system and legal personnel, as well as various aspects of the law as it applies to the Social Care profession. 

This is an ab initio module: no prior knowledge of law is assumed. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the structure and administration of the Irish legal system.

  2. Discuss the main sources of Irish law as they pertain to the Social Care worker, including legislation relating to the profession, such as the Health and Social Care Professionals Act, 2005 and relevant data protection, freedom of information and health and safety legislation. (Proficiencies 1.1, 1.4, 1.13, 3.13)

  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the standards of conduct, performance and ethics expected of a Social Care professional, including the importance and limits of confidentiality. (Proficiencies 1.1, 1.7, 1.11, 1.12, 1.14)

  4. Discuss the law in relation to children and vulnerable adults, including individuals with lack of capacity. (Proficiencies 1.12, 1.16)

  5. Discuss the constitutional and statutory rights of children to education and the corresponding responsibilities of parents and the State (Proficiencies 5.1, 5.3)

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