This is the first text to examine the principal elements of service user involvement and participation across both adult and children's services. A valuable learning resource, it draws together information from research, service users, carers and practitioners across both groups. In addition, it gives an overview of the specific knowledge, attitude and skills that social workers need for training at qualifying level and integrates theory with evidence to inform everyday social work practice. Furthermore, case studies and activities encourage reflection and the application of this knowledge to practice situations.
Janet Warren is Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Manager of the Service User and Carer Involvement Project at Anglia Ruskin University. She has a longstanding commitment to the participation of service users and carers in service provision and planning, and her recent research examines how the lives of young carers differ from other children in the population who do not take on caring roles.
Introduction Understanding Service User and Carer Involvement and Participation in Social Work Practice The Origins and Development of Service User and Carer Involvement and Participation in Social Work Practice Service User and Carer Involvement and Participation: rhetoric or reality? Empowering service user and carer participation Participation in Practice: Approaches to Involving Adults Participation in Practice: Approaches to Involving Children and Young People Conclusion