Social media and young people’s involvement in social work education

Franklin, P., Hossain, R. and Coren, E. (2016) Social media and young people’s involvement in social work education. Social Work Education, 35 (3). pp. 344-356. ISSN 0261-5479.

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While service-user involvement in social work education generally is increasing, young people’s involvement has, to date, been limited, and as such their voice is missing. Social media potentially offers mechanisms for addressing this, widening young people’s participation. This article presents the findings of research, conducted in partnership with young people, exploring different types of social media currently available that may have the potential to be used in social work education to provide young people with a voice.

Using methods developed from systematic review processes, the research set out to find, synthesise and collate these different resources.

The findings suggest social media could provide an appropriate mechanism for enabling young people to share experiences relevant to social care. However, whilst some resources do exist, there are fewer than expected. A need is identified to develop new sustainable ways of enabling young people to have a voice. Current approaches were found to replicate barriers associated with service provision being compartmentalised, service led, and framed by eligibility criteria.

Recommendations are made for a united response from social work education institutions supporting approaches that give ownership to young people themselves whilst promoting sustainability and continuity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0040 Social service. Social work. Charity
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work
Depositing User: Ms Esther Coren
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2016 09:20
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 19:50

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