Journal Article

The Possibility of Promoting User Participation in Working with High‐risk Youth

Francis Wing‐lin Lee and Louis Man‐yung Charm

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 32, issue 1, pages 71-92
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/32.1.71
The Possibility of Promoting User Participation in Working with High‐risk Youth

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Advocacy for promoting user participation in the helping process of social work has been reported in the literature since the 1970s, but the practicality of the concept for different clienteles of social work has been rarely explored. This paper presents a recent qualitative study on exploring the applicability of user participation in work with high‐risk youth in the streets who are usually regarded as immature and low in both self‐confidence and the ability to make the ‘right’ decisions. The findings of the study support the promotion of the concept of user participation in working with high‐risk youth. Positive changes and growth were observed among this group with the application of user participation in the helping process. Ways for promoting the implementation of this concept in work with high‐risk youth are suggested.

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Subjects: Social Work

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