More Than This? Some Ethical Doubts (and Possibilities) Regarding Service User and Carer Participation within Social Work
The direct involvement or ‘participation’1 of service users, carers, patients and other public sector ‘consumers’ in spheres of welfare provision (health care, education, social work, etc.) now constitutes part of long-term and widespread policies and practices which look likely to continue or expand into the future (Braye, 2000). Participation can take many forms ‒ including the involvement of users, carers and others in direct training and education, recruitment, research, service regulation, planning or even delivery of welfare services. As a political strategy or even a range of democratic strategies and techniques it may also (to some extent at least) involve users or carers in policy and law formation.