In Chapter 1, we presented the history and the outline framework of self-directed groupwork, stressing the crucial role within it, if practice is to be both empowering and effective, of clear and appropriate values aimed at anti-oppressive working. In this chapter, we will explore these underpinning values in greater detail, showing that they constitute most of the ‘meat’ of the first stage of the model, once the team has assembled and established its support mechanisms. We will then go on to illustrate in later chapters how the values lead naturally into the key features of the model, such as the open style of planning which fully involves participants (Chapter 4) and their full participation in setting the goals for, carrying out, and evaluating action aimed at achieving the changes they see as essential (Chapters 5 to 7). Overall, in this and the following four chapters, we shall offer a complete and value-based methodology for empowering practice.
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