Aim & Method


The study aimed to explore whether social workers felt that disclosure of Lesbian or Gay sexual orientation is seen as less acceptable than disclosure of Straight sexual orientation.


A cross-sectional on-line survey of social workers was undertaken nationally and promoted in three local authorities.   Participants were asked to rate different scenarios according to how acceptable they felt it was for practitioners to disclose different types of information about themselves to clients.   Two in-depth interviews were conducted with  participants with polarised views about self-disclosure of sexual orientation by social workers.  Quantitative and qualitative analyses were undertaken on the responses.

In February 2013 the survey was promoted nationally through Community Care on-line magazine:

Many thanks to Andy McNicoll for running the article.