In seeking to provide a kind of route map for resolving complex challenges and conflicting expectations, one recurrent problem facing service providers is that of dealing with change. This is made particularly acute by the turbulent climate which has characterised children’s services for a number of years. For those attracted by postmodernist arguments, this is perhaps only to be expected as a consequence of global dynamics which are beyond our control. On the other hand, this perhaps also serves to re-emphasise the importance of having the available means of bringing intelligibility and order to the service settings which are relevant to children and impact on their lives. It seems likely that competing agendas will continue to exert contradictory demands on professional judgements and powers to act.
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