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A former resident of a children’s home confided to an ex-employee he had been raped and sexually abused as a teenager, an inquiry has been told.The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) heard claims the abuse happened to a boy who lived at Barnardo’s Balcary House in Hawick when he worked…
An inquiry has heard a girl ran away from an orphanage because she was “mercilessly taunted” by other children.The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was at Barnardo’s Balcary House in Hawick, Scottish Borders, during the 1960s and early 1970s.She told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry on Thursday…
A "ruthless" sexual predator who had images of children being abused as the screensaver on his computer has been jailed for 14 years.Robert Hawkins was described by a judge as an "unrepentant paedophile" as he was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday.The 58-year-old was convicted of the…
Laura McHarrie, a social worker with Dumfries and Galloway Council, has won the Andrew Cornwell Memorial Award for the highest performing graduate in The Open University’s social work programme in Scotland. Laura (pictured, left) was presented with a certificate and book token at the Council Headquarters in Dumfries by Rosanna…
Scottish Transport Secretary Humza Yousaf is calling on a Labour councillor to resign after he made an Islamophobic comment about the MSP. Dumfries and Galloway councillor Jim Dempster has been suspended from the party pending an investigation after making the remark about Mr Yousaf. Mr Dempster reportedly said that if…
Loreburn Housing Association has been given the go-ahead by Dumfries and Galloway Council to redevelop the site of the former Garrick Hospital in Stranraer by building dementia-friendly housing alongside an innovative “youth foyer”. The proposals will see the creation of eight one-bed and four two-bed “extra care” dementia-friendly homes. New…
An after-school group in Dumfries has been told it must make swift improvements to the care provided to children. The Care Inspectorate has issued a formal improvement notice to Lincluden After School Group, which lays out the areas which must improve. The notice explained that the service must ensure that…
Significant progress has been made in improving services for children and young people in Dumfries and Galloway, inspectors have said. Inspectors returned for a second follow-up review of services in the area after an initial inspection in February 2014 raised concerns and identified five priority areas for urgent improvement. Inspectors…
A University of the West of Scotland (UWS) academic and student have both won a Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW) award at a ceremony on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh. John Sturgeon of the University’s School of Media, Culture and Society was named ‘Social Work…