Involving service users and carers in social work education

Example 1

Michael Turner and Shaping Our Lives National User Network, 2002 (9) 'Guidelines for involving service users in social work education'

These guidelines are presented in four sections that are summarised here.

Section 1 covers the key concerns of service users on current practice that were raised at a Shaping Our Lives National User Network seminar in 2000. The issues, based on the direct experience of service users, including poor practice, "pointed the way to the positive principles that should underlie best practice user involvement”.

Section 2 sets out four principles of best practice involvement. Only extracts from the text on each principle are included here. The principles are:

Section 3 focuses on putting service user involvement into practice. It covers getting started, planning, ensuring access, and resources.

Section 4 gives examples of good practice, including the work of the Wiltshire and Swindon Users’ Network with the University of Bath on the Diploma in Social Work course.