We have seen in previous chapters how an adequate framework for empowering practice ideally engages simultaneously with different domains of practice: individual practitioners, groups and organizations in society, and service users and carers. We have acknowledged in the process how big a gap there often is between the rhetoric and the reality of empowerment. As a way forward, in this book we have tried to focus on practical ways of empowering people, often prioritizing on increasing their participation. This concluding chapter brings together much of the thinking and evidence-based practice from previous chapters and uses participation by people who use services and carers as the main vehicle for empowering them. It: provides a framework for developing an empowering practicedraws on current research so as to build on evidence-based practicesummarizes the main areas we need to tackle in order to achieve significant empowerment in and through social workdeals with the integration of empowering work and covers several domains of empowerment — individuals, groups and organizations, and people who use services and carers.
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