051 Child Protection

051 Child Protection

It certainly has been child protection week! With the Prime Minister announcing his ideas for professionals in child protection to be charged with ‘wilful neglect’– carrying a prison term of up to 5 years if they fail to report a child in danger. The...

The person not the party.

We should look to the person not the party when the dust has settled and the real work on the historic child abuse inquiry starts. We should remember those who campaigned for years to achieve this level of commitment to safeguard children and investigate institutional...
050 A Story of Historic Abuse

050 A Story of Historic Abuse

With the announcement of the new Chair of the Historic Abuse Inquiry this is a story that should be referred to that inquiry as I think it typical of the unfinished business that this country is awash with and the hundreds, if not thousands, of survivors out there...
048 Jane Devine Social Work Scotland

048 Jane Devine Social Work Scotland

What’s the picture of social work in Scotland? After a┬ámonumentous year for the country, how is the profession shaping up in Scotland? Jane Devine is the Business Manager for Social Work Scotland, the successor organisation to the Association of Directors of...
Sex offending legislation

Sex offending legislation

This was posted on my Guardian page on 19/12/14. See David Niven at The Social Care Network online Guardian.   The trial and conviction of Simon Harris, a 55-year-old teacher and former charity manager, for abusing Kenyan street children between 2002 and 2013,...