As we saw in Chapter 2, there is enormous diversity among children and young people who come into care — reflecting the diversity of the general population, although not at all in the same proportions. Social work with young people in care, like other fields of social work practice, is crucially about working with difference and diversity. Recognising and responding to this difference and diversity must be core elements of ethical social work practice, although the nature of this response, and the words used, have not always been the same. Indeed, social work has sometimes been accused, in practice if not in theory, of imposing uniformity on diverse groups (see O’Hagan 2001).
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