The Practitioner Research Projects were carried out by local authority social workers with mentoring from a member of staff at the University of Edinburgh. Each was a small-scale research project on an issue relating to engagement with involuntary clients, and of interest to the practitioner(s) involved.

Seven projects took place over eight months from February to September 2010. Six of these projects have come to completion

Scottish Borders Council

Your View Counts: A small scale study to look at offenders views of the service they receive from Scottish Borders Criminal Justice Social Work

East Lothian

A study of social worker's views on the barriers to promoting positive risk-taking for young disabled adults

City of Edinburgh Council (1)

A Practitioner Research Project to Explore Ways of Increasing User Involvement in the Case Conference for Those Subject to Adult Support and Protection Investigations

City of Edinburgh Council (2)

Tipping Points: What is it that effects the change from resistance to engagement in child protection proceedings? A qualitative study of 6 families involved in using a ‘Signs of Safety’ approach in an area of Edinburgh

Fife Council

A small scale qualitative pilot study to analyse the extent to which children’s views were gained in reporting to children’s hearings

Midlothian Council

Improving service user participation in Child Protection in Midlothian: exploring service user and practitioner perspectives

West Lothian Council

Young Mums to Be: what factors might affect their engagement with Sure Start West Lothian?

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