Module Overview

Legal Studies for Social Care

The module provides analysis of the areas of law relevant to social care practice. It examines various human rights obligations and their implications for social care practice. The module provides analysis of current family legislation and legislation related to informed consent for individuals with a lack of capacity.

Module Code

SSSC H2016

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change


Irish sources of law/constitution/european union/common law.

Human rights

Fundamental rights. European Convention on Human Rights. Principles of non discrimination.

Information legislation

Data protection. Freedom of information. Assisted decision making (Capacity) Act. Candour, disclosure and withholding. Health Act 2007

Social Care and Health Professionals Act 2005

Personal values in practice. Ethics and practice boundaries.

Vulnerable persons

Human trafficking act.Sex offenders act. Disability act.Mental Health act.

Family law

Marriage/separation/divorce/domestic violence


Children in conflict with the law.Children in care.

Employment law issues

Health and safety.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)40
Formal Examination60