In 2006, Social Work Education produced the first special edition (vol. 25, no. 4) on service user and carer involvement in social work education, with all of the articles coming from the United Kingdom. In 2015, a mixed group of service users and social work academics wondered how, and if, the field had moved on since 2006. This publication confirms that it has.
Since 2006, service user and carer involvement in social work education has become embedded internationally – this book contains contributions from Australia, Israel, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden, as well as all four nations of the United Kingdom. Many of the contributions are jointly written with service users and carers, highlighting the innovative practices which challenge social work academics, students, social workers and managers to think how we can all benefit from learning with, and from, service users and carers. This book ably demonstrates that service users and carers can be effectively involved in social work curriculum planning, delivery, assessment and management. This is not to say that these issues are not without their tension, challenges or struggles, but working with these helps to ensure that the social workers and managers of the future can practice more effectively, meeting service user and carer priorities and needs.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a double special issue of Social Work Education.
Introduction – Part 1: Service user and carer involvement in social work education – where are we now? Introduction – Part 2: Service user and carer involvement in social work education – where are we now? 1. Outcomes focused user involvement in social work education: applying knowledge to practice 2. Lessons from a comparative study of user involvement 3. Belonging to the library: humanising the space for social work education 4. A journey of embedding mental health lived experience in social work education 5. Involving People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities in Social Work Education: Building Inclusive Practice 6. The benefits of prisoner participation in interdisciplinary learning 7. Gaining by giving? Peer research into service user and carer perceptions of inclusivity in Higher Education 8. Being a service user and a social work academic: balancing expert identities 9. Role-played interviews with service users in preparation for social work practice: exploring students’ and service users’ experience of co-produced workshops 10. Learning from service users’ involvement: a research about changing stigmatizing attitudes in social work students 11. The Meaningful Involvement of Service Users in Social Work Education: Examples from Belgium and The Netherlands 12. Mend the gap – strategies for user involvement in social work education 13. Social work undergraduates and service users as co-learners and researchers 14. A critical examination of the knowledge contribution service user and carer involvement brings to social work education 15. Expert by experience research as grounding for social work education 16. From service-user to social work examiner: not a bridge too far 17. What difference does it make? Findings of an impact study of service user and carer involvement on social work students’ subsequent practice 18. Life at the other end: participatory film-making, power and the ‘common third’