‘Walk a few miles in somebody else’s shoes’. Involving people who use social care services and their carers in social work training at Luton University. JSWEC Conference – July 2005. Conference theme:. ‘Challenging Service Userism in Learning, Practice and Research’.
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Involving people who use social care services and their carers in social work training at Luton University
JSWEC Conference – July 2005
‘Challenging Service Userism in Learning, Practice and Research’
A summary of the methods developed by David Thomas and Annie Lawton together with people who use services and carers
People with a learning disability
People using mental health services
Children with disabilities
Children and families (including foster carers)
Adults with physical disabilities
Social work students
We listened to lots of different people who use services and their carers. We asked them:
Did these skills match the things that social work students would be taught and assessed on at university?
Do they fit with the ‘key roles’ that social work students have to learn about?
Prepare for, and work with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities to assess their needs and circumstances
Plan, carry out, review and evaluate social work practice, with individuals, families, carers, groups, communities and other professionals
Support individuals to represent their needs, views and circumstances
Manage risk to individuals, families, carers, groups, communities, self and colleagues
Manage and be accountable, with supervision and support, for your own social work practice within your organisation
Support needs to be built in from the start:
Social work student who is a carer for his Mum
Social worker who uses social care services
Care home resident who used to be an occupational therapist
But ‘walking in someone else’s shoes’ helps you to understand what their life is like and learn how to work together.