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Learning from people: the training method bringing service users and social workers together

Jenny Simpson

Jenny Simpson, Head of Social Work (England), as well as students and staff at the OU are involved in an exciting development in relation to social work education. Mend the Gap is a model for the effective involvement of people who are at the receiving end of services, together with those who provide professional support. This approach originated in Sweden and was developed by the international network and learning partnership PowerUs (2012).The aim of the approach is to promote an equal learning environment where people can share knowledge and experiences about their roles. The programme, which involved social work students, criminology students and young unaccompanied minors, was identified by Investing in People and Culture, a support service working to promote support and equal rights for refugees and asylum seekers in Teesside.

Read more about Mend the Gap here

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