Disabled adults and social workers: Position statement

This position statement was produced by BASW England (British Association of Social Workers) and Shaping Our Lives. It was written through discussions between disabled adults and social workers from June 2015 to November 2016. Some of these discussions happened when we met together and some of them happened virtually. All of them were about how we can change the way we, as disabled adults and social workers, relate to each other so that we can achieve more together.

We started with a blank piece of paper and we ended up with this position statement. We want it be meaningful and useful to disabled adults and social workers. We want it to make a positive difference to people’s experiences and to what happens to them. We hope that you will find it helpful.

This position statement was developed by disabled adults and social workers working together as equal partners. It states how we can take action together to:

  • Tackle physical, social, economic and other barriers to independent living, so that all disabled adults have the same choice, control and freedom as any other citizen – at home, at work, and as members of the community
  • Help disabled adults and social workers work better together to achieve the outcomes people want.

We worked together using the following principles:

  • Co-production – the statement has been jointly developed and agreed
  • Respect – the purpose of the statement is to improve how disabled adults and social workers work together; everyone’s views and expertise has been used and valued
  • Impact – the aim is not just to produce a statement, but to take action that will make a difference to people’s lives and wellbeing.

This statement was produced by disabled adults and social workers in England. It may also be useful to people in other countries of the United Kingdom and beyond.

“We welcome feedback on the statement and charter, and will continue to look for ways to develop and share it.” Please send comments to england@basw.co.uk

Published : 1st December 2016*

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