A multi-method approach was used which included:

  • Secondary analysis of SCRA data in relation to 98 young people (12-15 years old) who were subject to a HSR in Thistle city for 12 months or more at 31st of December 2008.
  • Documentary analysis of social workers case files for 11 young people.
  • Semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 10 young people, nine parents, one relevant person and 10 social workers. Interviews with young people were preceded by a task-based activity where they were invited to complete a ‘life-grid’.