Midlothian Council

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


  • To investigate and determine what barriers exist in relation to service user participation in statutory child protection within Midlothian.
  • To draw up an action plan that can identify ways to overcome these barriers.


  • 3 structured focus groups with social work staff across all aspects of fieldwork delivery.
  • Literature review: what current research tells us about the impact of child protection on families and the role of participation in this.


  • Scott Hunter, Midlothian Council.
  • Mentor: Janice McGhee, University of Edinburgh.


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