East Lothian

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


  • To identify the barriers that make it difficult for social workers to promote positive risk-taking and relationship choices for young adults (16-25) with learning disabilities/difficulties.
  • To propose potential practical solutions that might remove some of these barriers.


  • Textual analysis of relevant legislation, local risk assessment policy (and associated risk assessment forms), and the literature on this topic.
  • Structured focus group with social workers who have experience of working with this client group.


  • Sam Evans and Catherine Montgomery, East Lothian Council.
  • Mentor: Susan Hunter, University of Edinburgh.


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