This book is a practical beginner's guide to both conducting and using research within the context of social work practice. A clear and accessible introduction to applied research methods for social work students and practitioners, this text covers the key themes, debates and approaches, including:

  • The ethics of social work research
  • Conducting interviews and questionnaires
  • Focus groups
  • Observation and narrative
  • The involvement of service users
  • Analyzing data

With practical exercises and reflective questions, this is an essential text for undergraduate and graduate qualifying social work students.

Service Users, Carers and Social Work Research

Service users, carers and social work research


There's a rather old joke that asks how many social workers it takes to change a light bulb. An answer we prefer amongst the many on offer is that it's the system that needs to change, not the light bulb. We can transfer this idea to the involvement of service users and carers in social work research. Anyone who is broadly familiar with the general canon of research in social work can't but fail to query why it is that service users are so little involved in social work research, with their usual role being that of passive respondents. They are seldom genuine partners in the very research that concerns them most ...

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