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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Peter Yates

Peter Yates
Peter Yates
Social Work School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 651 1585
Research Interests
Social Work, Sibling incest, Sibling sexual abuse, Children who display harmful sexual behaviour, Decision making, Family reunification, Sibling contact

PhD Title

'Better Together': A grounded theory study of social worker decision making in cases involving sexual behaviour between siblings

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Current Research:

Social Worker decision making in cases involving sexual behaviour between siblings


This research aims to explore social work decision making in cases where sexual behaviour between siblings has taken place, such as whether or not siblings can continue to live together, have contact with each other, or ultimately return to live together following a period of separation.

The research is being undertaken as a PhD project and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

I am currently writing up this study with a view to submitting my thesis for examination early in 2015

Please click the links below for further information about the study and how you could take part.


Study Background - For information about the background and purpose of the research.

Getting Involved - How to take part and what's involved

News - Updates on the project and other items of interest

About Me - Professional background and publications