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Some limits and political implications of participation within health and social care for older adults

Carey, Malcolm (Cambridge University Press, 2018-03-14

This paper critically examines service user participation and involvement for older adults. It concentrates upon research and community-led engagement for older people, and maintains that despite extensive support and expansion, participation offers a complex form of governance and ideological control, as well as a means by which local governments and some welfare professions seek to legitimise or extend their activities. Some of the paradoxes of participation are discussed, including tensions that persist between rhetorical claims of empowerment, active citizenship and democratic engagement on one hand, despite tendencies towards risk-aversion, welfare retrenchment and participant ambivalence on the other. The paper also highlights practical problems in relation to participative research and community involvement, and questions arguments that participation may challenge the authority of welfare professionals. Critical theory is drawn upon to contextualise the role of participative narratives within wider welfare, including its role in moving debate away from ownership or redistribution while masking and validating policy related goals which can counter many older people’s needs. Tension is also noted between participation projects represented as resource to support ageing identities as opposed to those representing technologies for social regulation and conformity.

Ethical Involvement of Service Users chapterpdf

Burke, B. and Newman, A. (2020) Ethical involvement of service users in, The Routledge Handbook of Service User Involvement In Human Services Research and Education, London, Routledge

In this chapter, we critically reflect on and explore examples taken from our experiences of service user involvement in our various professional roles. By focussing on some of the concerns and dilemmas which have arisen during our practice when involving service users, we have developed a set of ethical practice principles which we believe would support and facilitate meaningful and ethical involvement of service users.

My Contributions Made a Significant Difference Young Carer’s’ Reflections on Their Participation in Social Work Admissions

Newman, A. Carey,B. and Kinney, M.

In this article, we discuss our approach to YPs’ participation, exploring their experiences of involvement.


Newman, A. Senior Lecturer, LJMU

The project’s aim was to deliver the first stages of facilitating engagement between refugee women and the mainstream voluntary sector. Central to the project was the employment of two refugee women to carry out much of the project work by acting as bridge builders connecting refugee communities and voluntary organisations with each other.

Teaching qualitative research and participatory practices in neoliberal times QSW 2016 May

Newman, A. and McNamara, Y.  Faculty of Education, Health and Community, LJMU

This paper begins by questioning these assumptions, recognising that neoliberal managerialism remains dominant and is resistant to qualitatively inspired practice, determined that practitioners are ‘siloed’ into skills or competence-based approaches in the name of accountability, value for money and ‘outcomes’ consistent with neoliberal ideology.