By this point, it will be clear that working in children’s services involves both understanding and resolving a series of complex and challenging dilemmas. We have identified a number of major discourses in child welfare, all of which appear to have a degree of validity, and all of which are held to strongly by a variety of stakeholders concerned with the well-being of children. Significantly, however, there are a number of key issues which generate conflict between these perspectives, and where the resolution of differences is not routine. It is, of course, important to do more than simply restate these challenges, and to go on to consider some of the ways in which they can be analysed and resolved. The notion of ‘balance’, for example, may appear unhelpful because it suggests a comfortable middle ground when, in fact, the requirement may be for a clear choice in favour of a particular position.
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