As discussed in the previous two chapters, there are many skills and considerations involved for those committed to child-centred practice, but a social worker may have all the necessary skills and still find it difficult to work in a child-centred way. This is set in the context of social work in a climate of ‘austerity’ that affects the quality of services overall. The chapter examines some of the barriers and dilemmas that social workers face in their everyday practice. It draws on the findings of the author’s research about the experiences of social workers who were trying to provide a good quality of service to children and young people and the views of the young people they worked with. The chapter concludes by examining some of the ways that these barriers might be overcome.
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