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Empowerment in Action – Self-directed groupwork 15 years on from first publication, this new edition of Empowerment in Action builds on a classic groupwork model that has stood the test of time and continues to be used as a paradigm for empowerment across the world today. Through fresh examples and the latest research, the authors have substantially updated the model to reflect contemporary social issues and new applications to groupwork.

Offering a step-by-step method that is applicable across all settings, this book will help people to identify, take control and bring about change in their own lives.

Involving
Involving Children and Young People in Health and Social Care Research Divided into five parts, this practical book begins by considering what research with young people is and why we should do it, before leading the reader into how to undertake it. The book then provides practical examples of action and finishes with reflections about the whole process. Bringing together a variety of experienced researchers, from a wide range of backgrounds in health and social care and including young people, the chapters provide insight for practical action, as well as critical and theoretical reflection.

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Supporting people: Towards a person-centred approach There is widespread agreement that care and support services must change radically if they are to meet the rights and needs of the rapidly growing number of people who require them. For the first time, Supporting people explores with service users, practitioners, carers and managers what person-centred support means to them, what barriers stand in its way and how these can be overcome. It provides a unique roadmap for the future, offering theoretical insights, practical guidance and highlighting the importance of a participatory approach. Based on the largest independent UK study of person-centred support and written by an experienced team that includes service users, practitioners and researchers, it demonstrates how change can be made now, and what strategic changes will be needed for person-centred support to have a sustainable future.

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Writing for a Change: Boosting Literacy and Learning Through Social Action shows teachers how to engage students in “real world” problem-solving activities that can help them to acquire voice, authority, and passion for both reading and writing practice. Written in collaboration with the Centre for Social Action in England, the book describes the innovative Social Action process for encouraging students to collaborate on problems of their own choosing—to analyse options, develop action plans, discover solutions, and finally to reflect on their work. Featuring stories by teachers who have successfully used the method, the book shows that first graders as well as high-school students can enjoy this exciting and educational process. Practical guidance for applying the process to any curricular area is provided along with an extensive list of classroom activities.