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This assignment has two parts and requires you to demonstrate an understanding of the various types of academic literature relevant to the focus themes, in the form of a literature review. You will then demonstrate your understanding by considering the implications of your review in relation to a particular group in the form of a case study.
The review of the literature (1300 words) will be on the themes of ‘choice’ and ‘participation/user involvement’ in social support and care policy and practice settings. Your review should broadly reflect the current state of the literature and key debates, including those relating to opportunities and risks for people using services and for social workers and services. Your literature review should clearly illustrate the shifts in how ‘choice’ and ‘participation/user involvement’ have been considered historically and how these concepts are considered now, particularly in Australia. Consider the drivers for the promotion of these concepts in contemporary policy and practice.
The second part is a short case study (approx. 500 words) which focuses on the implications of ‘choice’ and ‘participation/user involvement’ in policy and practice for a particular group (e.g. people with disabilities, people from a refugee background, older people). Explore the possible impact of ‘choice’ based policy and ‘participation/user involvement’ on their experiences in accessing and using services and the implications for social workers and services. Where possible also draw on your field education placement experience.
Assessment criteria for assessment 1: