Developing Together Social Work  Teaching Partnership

People with Lived Experience

Kingston University’s PLE Group

Kingston University’s People with Lived Experience (PLE) Group demonstrate versatility, best practice and play a vital role in providing opportunities for teaching excellence.

Members aim to fulfil key requirements in the Government’s reform of social work education and social work degrees, which place increased emphasis on practice learning and equipping social workers with the knowledge, skills and tools for the job.

Integrated in content and delivery of the social work and social care programmes at Kingston University, the group’s involvement contributes to producing social workers who are more informed about and sensitive to the needs and views of service users with the longer-term aim that social workers are able to deliver a more responsive service.

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PLE Film Project

As part of a Teaching Partnership initiative the PLE Group have been very active in the ‘People with Lived Experience Film Project’, deciding on topics for discussion and planning how these are to be made into short films and audio podcasts. This means their experiences of social workers and social care and their expertise as PLEs can be shared and contribute to the learning of social work students and practitioners across the Partnership. 

Our first film is ready for viewing below; it looks at the role of the group within the University and how they they contribute to teaching and developing students skills, reviewing the teaching curriculum and being on exam boards and Practice Assessment Panels. 

Our second film is an Adoption Case Study which explores the experiences of adoption from the perspectives of Ruth and Cheyanne, mother and daughter.

The following film looks at the impact of CV19 on members of the group.

This film focuses on what good communication looks like, from a person with lived experience’s perspective, and why it’s so important:

Our final film explores what it’s like to be on the receiving end of an assessment: