Journal Article

User Involvement in Services—Incorporation or Challenge?


in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 27, issue 4, pages 481-498
Published in print August 1997 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 1997 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
User Involvement in Services—Incorporation or Challenge?

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In recent years, users of social work, like those of psychiatry, have been increasingly drawn into the organization and delivery of social work and mental health services. This has been largely welcomed as a desirable development by planners, academics and practitioners in the field. In this article, we reappraise the broad issues raised by user involvement and consider the implications of this trend. Despite the attractiveness of the user perspective in the policy and delivery of social work and psychiatric services, we point to the dangers of incorporation and moderation of an oppositional position, from which, we argue, users can best challenge existing practices and connect with wider political struggles.

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Subjects: Social Work

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