Service User Involvement in Social Work Education

Author: Jackie King-Owen

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. 

This paper evaluates the involvement of service users and carers in social work education focusing on the UK. 

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The publisher is the Centre for Welfare Reform.

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Paper | 29.09.20

education, Inclusive Education, social care, England, Paper

Jackie King-Owen


Founder of Enable HA & Director of Clarice Associates Ltd

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