Service user involvement in social work research: Learning from an adoption research project

Cossar, Jeanette and Neil, Elsbeth ORCID: (2015) Service user involvement in social work research: Learning from an adoption research project. British Journal of Social Work, 45 (1). pp. 225-240. ISSN 0045-3102

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Service user involvement in research has triggered debate about epistemology, power relationships between researchers and participants, ethics and the validity of research findings. The social work profession encourages respect for service users and promotion of their rights—values which arguably should be reflected in social work research. This paper presents a case study of service user involvement in a government-funded adoption research project. The research team included a birth relative consultant group and the paper discusses both the process and outcomes of their involvement. The benefits and costs of service user involvement are highlighted. Reflections from the consultants about their experiences of being involved in the research are included. The discussion positions the project in relation to existing theories and models of service user involvement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adoption,research and evaluation,service users,user participation
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (former - to 2023)
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Child Protection & Family Support
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Research on Children and Families
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2014 16:18
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 11:30
DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bct108

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