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The study of social services organisations, their structure, strategy and the quality of services they provide is significant to outcomes for service users and to professional development. A sociological perspective defines an organisation as a “social unit” constructed to carry out a specific function in order to reach a specific goal (Fulcher and Scott, 2007). How the organisation reaches its goals is dependent entirely upon the type of membership, mechanisms and motivations behind the function. This essay will analyse organisational structure, strategy and culture in context of the statutory agency, Children with Disabilities team (CDT) , by drawing upon practice experience within the team and making links to political and policy drivers and sociological theory.
Payne (2005) has argued that social work is socially constructed in practice as well as in theory. With this premise in mind, organisations are as much constructed as the human services professions that operate within them. The social work role is paradoxical in essence, on one hand, promoting the rights of vulnerable …
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