Contemporary mental health practice in a field of changing policy and legal requirements presents many challenges to the inexperienced and experienced social worker. In recent years, the rapid rate of changes to policy and practice has served to exacerbate the complexity of social work practice in an increasingly uncertain world. What then for the morale of the social worker and the service user? How can the competing ideological concepts of recovery and risk be reconciled in a world of dwindling resources? These are some of the challenges that frontline practitioners face.
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