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Service user and carer involvement in social work education

On Tuesday I spoke at a conference on service user and carer involvement in social work education at the University of Hull.

It was a really interesting day, with a good blend of people who use services, carers, practitioners and social work academics sharing stories and experiences of being involved in social work education.

I was asked to talk about the Meaningful Involvement Study, which I have blogged about before.

In brief, this study explored what ‘meaningful’ involvement in social work education meant to service users, carers, practitioners and academics involved in advanced post-qualifying social work education. Four models of involvement emerged from the study, indicating that there is no one way to define meaningfulness in this context. The models, or typologies, can be used by higher education institutions to help them to understand how they are involving people in social work education and to develop their involvement strategies.

The main findings of the study were published in the British Journal of Social Work. The full text is available here.

An accompanying literature review was also published in the British Journal of Social Work and the full text for this is available here.

The PPT slides of the paper I gave can be downloaded here.

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