This can be defined as including service users, and their advocates and carers, and other interested parties, as far as possible in the decision-making processes that affect their lives. In other words, work with service users should be based on their meaningful participation in decision making. Good practice demands that work takes place on the basis of partnership. Sometimes there can be a legal requirement to work in partnership with service users (for example, working with the parents of children being provided with accommodation) and other professionals and agencies (for example, education authorities). A commitment to working in partnership with service users will often require the social worker to take account of inequality and take positive action to empower service users. Working in partnership with other agencies raises distinct issues, for example do the agencies share the same agenda and do they have the same approach to their work?