Citizen participation in the education and training of social workers

Journal article citation:
Social Work Education (The International Journal), 23(4), June 2004, pp.309-323.
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The paper outlines the history and development of two citizen trainer groups based at Salford University. The CATS group consists of adults who use various services and the YIPPEE group is made up entirely of young people with experience of the care system. It will discuss the advantages of and barriers to citizens (people who use social care services) participating in the qualifying and post qualifying social work curriculum and more generally in service planning and delivery. The individuals involved refuse to be 'pigeonholed' as users of specific statutory services. Indeed, most of us have used a number of services and would like to be viewed holistically. Importantly, both groups operate on principles of collectivity and empowerment and were initiated with the ideals of 'self-directed group-work'. The paper has been written and delivered by members of the citizens as trainers groups.

Subject terms:
participation, post qualifying education, qualifications, social work education, training, communities, groups;
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