Catholic Bishops Announce appointment of new Child Protection Co-ordinator.  

At their meeting at Scotus College in Glasgow today, Scotland's Catholic Bishops announced the appointment of a National Co-ordinator for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults. The post will be filled by  
Ms Jackie McCaig who is currently Staff Development Officer for Child protection with West Dunbartonshire Council.  

Ms McCaig has wide experience of teaching, behaviour support work and child protection. She obtained a Primary Teaching Diploma from Jordanhill College in 1971 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Child Protection Studies from Dundee University in 2002. (A full biography is shown below).  

Commenting on her appointment Jackie McCaig said:  

" I have worked closely with representatives from various parts of the child protection system and being involved in current research in this field over many years. I have a clear understanding of child care legislation, child protection issues and am convinced of the need for society at large to understand that child protection is everyone s responsibility."  

Ms McCaig added:  

"The Catholic Church is a living community, offering support direction and guidance to many people, I am delighted to have the opportunity to be part of an organisation which puts protecting children from harm as a major priority, strives to ensure the highest standards of child protection apply and promotes a positive and inclusive ethos in which all children and adults are respected. I look forward to working with the Catholic community in Scotland to advance these principles."  

Welcoming Ms McCaig to her post, Archbishop Mario Conti, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Reference Group on the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults said:  

"I am delighted to welcome Jackie McCaig to the post of National Co-ordinator for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults, she brings with her a wealth of experience on these issues which will  
be of great support to us in our efforts to ensure the well-being of  
children and vulnerable adults in the Catholic Church in Scotland."  


Peter Kearney  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  

Jackie McCaig will take up her post on 1 April 2005 and will be based in Glasgow, and will provide a service to all eight of Scotland's Catholic Dioceses.  

A JPEG image of Ms McCaig is available on request from the Catholic Media Office  

A full biography is shown below.  

Jackie McCaig  

1968-1971 Diploma Primary Teaching, Jordanhill College  
2001-2002 Post Grad Diploma Child Protection, Dundee University  

Employment includes: Primary Teacher, Behaviour Support Teacher, Staff Development Officer for Child Protection.  

Jackie has been married for 32 years and has 3 children the youngest of whom is in his sixth year at school.  

In 1979 she joined Strathclyde Social Work Department as an instructor working with children and young people who were in residential care. Her main duties were to give priority to creating an environment in which children and young people were enabled to gain in self-confidence and rebuild a more positive image. During this time she was asked to take part in a new initiative within Glasgow to prepare young people who were leaving care for independent living.  

In 1982 she joined a multi-agency team within Cardross Assessment Centre as a teacher to assess children and young people s ability to cope within mainstream school.  

It was while teaching in Middlemuir (1990-1997) which was a school for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, that she realised she had a strong professional commitment towards child protection work.  

In 1997, she was seconded by West Dunbartonshire from her teaching post to the post of Staff Development Officer for Child Protection. Her duties as Staff Development Officer were:  
* to review and update child protection procedures in light of national developments, current legislation, local practice and to ensure all staff within educational establishments were fully aware of their obligations as detailed in the guidance  
* to work closely with other agencies in particular those which have a statutory role in child protection  
* to provide training for all education employees to carry out their unique role  
* to ensure that child protection was built in as a curricular theme and  
* to promote and support networks for staff, children and their families.  

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