Living and learning together conference: November 2003

The General Social Care Council (GSCC) and Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) share a commitment to putting service users and carers at the heart of all aspects of social work and social care, including social work education.

As part of this commitment, the GSCC and SCIE held a joint conference in November 2003, to promote and share different approaches to service user and carer involvement in social work education and training.

This was the first conference to share practice about this important initiative on a national basis. The conference built on the research undertaken by SCIE during 2003, which led to the development of Resource Guide 2 - Involving service users and carers in social work education (SCIE, March 2004). It provided an important opportunity to share in a direct and active way specific examples of services users and carers working with universities and providers, not only in the degree but also in post qualifying social work education and training.

This report provides a summary of the content of the conference, an analysis of lessons learnt and some suggestions and practical tips about putting this into practice effectively. We hope it will contribute to further developing knowledge and dissemination of good practice in this area.

Lynne Berry, Chief Executive, General Social Care Council
Bill Kilgallon, Chief Executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence

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  • Conference report: August 2004