New Convener for Adult and Child Protection Committees
News Posted: 9th October 2018
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. ”