Synopsis: A Primer on Negligence andDocumentation for Social Workers
Webinar – Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The first half of the webinar will review the basic principles of law governing a social worker’s potential civil liability in negligence. We will first define the concept of negligence and distinguish it from the concepts of errors in judgment and incompetency. The standard of care expected of social workers in assessing, counselling and supervising clients will then be examined.
The second half of the webinar will begin with a review of the general principles of law governing documentation. We will then review some general guidelines for record keeping. This portion of the webinar will end with a brief discussion of computer records, inclusion of information about third parties, and from third parties, and email communications.
Webcast Presenter: Robert M. Solomon -LL.B. 1970, Osgoode Hall Law School - LL.M. 1972, Yale Law School
Robert Solomon iscurrently on the Faculty of Law at Western University, where he holds the rank of Distinguished University Professor. He is also the National Director of Legal Policy for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)Canada. He has been involved in research and teaching on healthcare,civil liability andcriminal law for over 40 years. He has served as aconsultant to Health and WelfareCanada, the Law ReformCommission ofCanada, theCanadianCentre on Substance Abuse, and theCommonwealth of Australia Health Department.
Professor Solomon has travelled throughoutCanada and Australia presenting legal programs in his fields of expertise. One of his major areas of concern has been the increasingly challenging legal environment facing social workers, health practitioners, addictions staff, and youth workers. He has advised numerous health,care andcounselling agencies, and leading law firms. He is widely published in his fields of expertise and is the lead author of A Legal Guide for Social Workers, 3rd ed., which the Ontario Association for Social Workers published in 2014.
Click here to watch a recording of the presentation.