Experiencing Social Work
Learning from Service Users
- Mark Doel - Sheffield Hallam University, UK
- Lesley Best - University of Northampton, UK
Each chapter is constructed around one or more case examples, emphasizing the importance of service users' own knowledge in developing our learning about good practice.
- Offers a wide range of service user groups, including people with mental health problems, disabilities, parenting difficulties, living in care, those experiencing loss, and other life transitions
- Presents editorial commentaries that unpack the core themes and issues from each practice example and open a dialogue to understand the experience and learn from it
- Provides a strong grounding in the ethical guidelines and skills-base required of all social work trainees and practitioners
`Experiencing Social Work provides a refreshing change in the expanse of social work education texts. Its focus on learning from people who had received a good service from social workers drew out many of the foundation blocks of practice that can so easily be minimised in favour of 'deeper academic theories'. In short, it reminded me of my own passion for practice and the privilege it is to be part of the social work profession’ - Kay Wall, Lecturer in Social Work
Really useful book
Fantastic resource giving an insight into service user involvement
To hear the voices of service users is important to the learning of social work and social care workers. This book offers such a place.
very useful and thought provoking encouraging students and practitioners alike, to incrementally critically evaluate practice
This book is essential reading as it informs students how to work with services users and to look at the services users perspective.
This book is an outstanding model where service users and carers have been supported within an academic environment to share their experiences of using and accessing services and differerent levels of support whilst being able to provide a learning opportunity for those studying or developing themselves as professionals in social work. I am currently using this book on the NQSW Programme at Southampton CC.
Very insightful and relevant to a number of different modules. I would recommend this to a range of students across the programme.
The text is easily accessible for Year 1 students, and offers a valuable insight into service user perspectives.
This is a very helpful text giving a lot of context to daily experinces that should enable imored practice