In the previous chapter I set out some of the structural factors which are likely to impact on social work practice, both in the sense of conferring the authority to act and in defining the terms on which intervention takes place. However, for most practitioners there is also a strong sense of being the subject of more immediate influences, which are bound up with the organizational and institutional settings within which they work. These factors may be as diverse as operational policies and procedures, team dynamics, cultural and professional norms, or management styles, but it is almost certain that some or all of these will be experienced as significant determinants of what is expected and what is possible in the performance of the social work task.
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