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The Caring Experience: Learning about Community Care through Spending 24 Hours with People Who Use Services and Family Carers

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This paper describes a teaching and learning initiative developed in a UK social work programme that has involved carers, service users, academic social work staff and practitioners. Post-graduate student social workers spend 24 hours in agreed periods with family carers or people who use social work services. The paper explains the origins of this initiative, rooted in a model of service user and carer involvement established over a number of years within the social work programme at the University of Dundee, Scotland. The development of this teaching and learning method is outlined and an account is given by a family carer describing their experience of being involved in the programme. Findings from the evaluation of this first year of operation are reported.
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Keywords: Service User and Carer Involvement; Social Work Education; Teaching and Learning

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Dundee, UK

Publication date: October 1, 2009

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