The focus of this conference was to learn about the important contributions service users and carers make to social work education and listen to the experiences of social work students and the benefits for them to work with service users and carers during their professional training.
This was followed by table sessions to explore how service user and carer involvement could be developed further, identification of the gaps and consideration given to build capacity and sustainability for the continued involvement in the degree in social work to inform further planning.
The day included inputs from service users involved in social work education, student social workers and service users involved with social work students on PLO. Inputs were creative and delivered through narrative, poetry and music mediums.
Feedback from the conference has been extremely positive commenting specifically on the inclusion of service users and carers from a range of backgrounds, the methods of delivery, the powerful messages presented by social work students and their learning from working directly with service users and carers during their professional practice and the opportunity to explore how service user and carer involvement is developed further within social work education.
The inputs will inform a ‘Quality Improvement Plan’ for service user and carer involvement in the degree in social work, which will be presented to NISCC and DoH to inform future planning.
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