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Be at the heart of exciting new social work research with service users – and gain valuable CPD hours.

5 October 2021

Shaping our Lives , together with the British Association of Social Workers and Kings College London, is collaborating on a research project about how social workers who work with adults use (or do not use) digital technologies when communicating with and supporting Disabled people. We want to understand the pros and cons in the use of digital communication technologies for different people and for different tasks.

We are looking for social workers who work with adults to take part in a research study on the use of digital technologies with Disabled service users. You need to have been practicing as a social worker with adults for at least 12 months, and be working for a Local Authority, Health Authority or in a health setting.

If you fall into this category, we would love to interview you. You will be interviewed by a service user who has been trained as a research interviewer. You will be given a choice about how and when you want to take part. It could be an interview by phone or via Zoom. Or you could opt to reply to a series of emailed questions. In the interview we will ask you about your experience of communicating with Disabled service users and we’d like to hear your views on any guidance that might be helpful.

You will be granted confidentiality (i.e. no one other than the researchers will know who said what) and anonymity (in the published research none of the interview participants will be identified).

We anticipate each interview will take one hour.

The researchers will use the findings from this study to provide information and guidance for social workers and Disabled people that we hope will improve people’s experience.

Through the interview process you will have the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice. In light of this BASW will provide a CPD certificate to evidence this.

More details can be found in this attachment – Adult social worker Interviews

Or feel free to contact the research lead, Sophie Sarre, to ask any questions – Sophie.sarre@kcl.ac.uk or 0207 848 3033.