Over the years the social work profession has seen many changes, not just in the way the profession is structured but in law, policy and procedures.
Most things are socially defined by what people say or do, or how they are in their social groups and teams.
Through the eyes of a child, all professionals “are all simply adults with authority”. They do not necessarily see or understand professional training, status, qualifications or experience. They also do not necessarily understand the complexities involved in keeping them safe from harm or support delivered through partnership arrangements.
In the UK and internationally the face of public services has changed dramatically in the past three decades. This is as a result of political beliefs and fast moving government policies that impact on provision in the wake of the financial crisis.
When three teenage girls flew to Syria to join Islamic State earlier this year, there was a lot of soul searching across the UK.
Newspapers claimed Britain was losing the battle to stop extremists radicalising young people online through chat rooms and social media networks.