Service User Involvement in Social Work Education: A Case Study

King-Owen, Jackie Service User Involvement in Social Work Education: A Case Study. Centre for Welfare Reform.

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Abstract

"This paper will evaluate the involvement of service users and carers in social work education focusing on the UK. The history of service user and carer involvement in social work goes back to the 1970s when there was a distinct shift from institutional to community care based on an emerging social model of disability and a more emancipatory or participatory approach within social work, which represented a paradigmatic shift from being passive recipients of services to being actively engaged in shaping their own lives. It built on a strengths based approach, focusing on task and person-centred practice. Active involvement of service users and carers can enhance student learning; increasingly service user involvement is an expectation rather than simply desirable."

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