Service users and carers’ involvement in social work education: lessons from an English case study (Implicarea beneficiarilor de servicii sociale si a sustinatorilor lor in pregatirea profesionala a asistentilor sociali: un studiu de caz britanic)
journal contributionposted on 2023-08-30, 13:28 authored by Roxana Anghel, Shulamit Ramon
Within the larger context of the search to improve social work practice in Europe, this article presents a case study of a UK innovation in social work education with the potential to radically change social work practice. Following governmental requirements, Anglia Ruskin University has introduced systematic involvement of service users and carers in the training of a new undergraduate degree since September 2003. The conceptual and value base, the structure, staffing, and main activities are outlined; the main achievements and obstacles are highlighted. Mindful of the danger of slipping into tokenistic involvement, the project has included an action research evaluation component exploring the views of all the project’s stakeholders thus establishing the project as an evidence-based educational innovation. The findings highlight the value of service users and carers’ involvement on the qualifying social work degree, of the action research design of the evaluation, and the steps needed for the cultural change required for such an involvement to become more comprehensive and embedded in the degree.
Publication titleEuropean Journal of Social Work
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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