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New Convener for Adult and Child Protection Committees

News Posted: 9th October 2018

Former national Commissioner for Children and Young People, Tam Baillie, has been appointed as the new independent convener for Shetland’s Adult and Child Protection Committees.

This paid appointment to serve 24 days per year will see him lead the activities of the two local committees, to safeguard children and vulnerable adults in Shetland. Mr Baillie took up his post last month, following a national advertising campaign, and replaces Chief Inspector Lynsey Tulloch, as Chair of the Child Protection Committee, and Max Barnett as the Convener of the Adult Protection Committee.

Mr Baillie was Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People from 2009 to 2017.  The post is an appointment of the Scottish Parliament with a national remit to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people, and influence relevant national policy and practice.  He previously worked as a manager and practitioner with children and young people for over 35 years in the statutory and voluntary sectors in Scotland and England.  Among other interests, he is currently a Board Member of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) which supports the Children’s Hearings System and is a consultant and trainer on children’s rights.

Although based in Glasgow, Mr Baillie will maintain frequent contact with and visit Shetland regularly.  He will also represent Shetland at national adult and child protection meetings, which are usually held on the Scottish mainland.

The Shetland Adult and Child Protection Committees are multi-agency bodies that include representatives from Shetland Islands Council, NHS Shetland, Voluntary Action Shetland, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, SCRA and the Procurator Fiscal Service.  The Committees support local agencies to ensure that children and young people and vulnerable adults are kept safe from harm from abuse and neglect.   The Adult and Child Protection Committees also oversee training for staff and volunteers in local agencies, to ensure that training meets national minimum standards.

Last week, Shetland’s Child Protection Committee (CPC) presented its 2017/18 annual report to the NHS Shetland Board and the Council’s Education and Families Committee.  The report highlights achievements during the year, including delivering internet safety training to parents and young people; sharing information and good practice on the SaferShetland website; and building stronger links with partners including the Shetland Domestic Abuse Partnership, the Alcohol and Drug Partnership and the Mental Health Partnership.

Tam Baillie said:  "I am delighted to be appointed as the Convener of the Shetland Adult and Child Protection Committees.  Public protection has been strong theme throughout my career and I look forward to working on our shared responsibilities to maximising the safety of everyone on the islands.  I have previously had a very positive relationship with colleagues in Shetland and I look forward to working with all partner agencies in my new role. ” 

If you are concerned about someone’s welfare, please tell someone who can help.

These are the phone numbers:

Duty Social Work (for Children)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744421

Duty Social Work (for Adults)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744400

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101

Children’s Reporter:
0131 244 3780