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.


  • To investigate the views of families and social workers as to what are the tipping points that shift familiesí responses from non-compliance/resistance to social work intervention, to engagement around issues of child safety.


  • Qualitative interviews with six families from one area of Edinburgh who have been difficult to engage but who are currently engaged with social workers using a Signs of Safety approach.
  • Interviews with the social workers working with these families.


  • Helen Wosu and Jane Stewart, City of Edinburgh Council.
  • Mentor: Mark Smith, University of Edinburgh


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