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Adult social workers encouraged to take part in new research study on the use of digital technologies with Disabled service users

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.

BASW, together with the user-led organisation Shaping our Lives 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 of the use of digital communication technologies for different people and for different tasks. You can get involved in two ways: by participating in a research interview and/or by taking part in a co-production workshop.

1) Call for adult social workers to participate in a research interview

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 researcher 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 up to 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.

Feedback from service users is an increasingly important element of CPD and through the interview process you will have the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice. BASW will provide a CPD certificate to evidence this.

2) Take part in a co-production workshop

We are looking for up to eight individuals to participate in one of two workshops. The workshops will take the findings of the interviews, and together with the service user researchers, will produce a series of recommendations and good practice guidance. The workshops will be on 1st Nov 14:00-16:30 (First workshop) and 30th November 10:00-12:30 (Second workshop). Participating in a workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect on practice and again BASW will provide a CPD certificate to evidence this.

If you have also participated in a research interview, that would be extremely helpful, but it is not a requirement.

I’m interested - what do I do next?

If you might be interested in participating or would like to ask any questions please contact the researcher, Sophie on 0207 848 3033 or Sophie.Sarre[at]kcl.ac.uk