The Law and Social Work’s Practice Dilemmas
The opening chapters analysed the contrasting expectations of social workers in their exercise of statutory powers and duties, and the conflicting imperatives embedded in the law. Here the concern is with how these tensions find expression in social work’s practice dilemmas. How should practitioners manage work with disturbing and disturbed people in the context of contradictory public attitudes about intrusive and heavy-handed or dilatory and unconcerned workers? How should they manage the tension between an individual’s right to self-determination and right to protection when vulnerable or powerless in the context of such constraints on public expenditure that there must be doubt about whether social welfare organisations can fully implement statutory duties?
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