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vera Hiddleston 1954

Vera Hiddleston

Diploma in Social Study 1954

Graduated: 1954

Vera did her social work training at Edinburgh and when the first child care course in Scotland started in 1960 at Edinburgh, she was appointed one of three student supervisors selected, together with Janet Lusk from the voluntary sector and a child care officer from Edinburgh Children's Department. The course at that time was staffed by Megan Browne and Vivienne Laughton, already conducting both medical and psychiatric social work training. Vera reports that both were key figures in policy-making in Scotland, having the ear of the Scottish Office. Both were also members of the Probation Advisory Council, and Megan chaired its Training Committee, advising on the recruitment of and establishment of the one-year course for new Probation entrants in 1960. Vera went on to become Director of Social Work at Jordanhill College of Education in Glasgow.

Source: Vera's lecture to the Social Work History Network in November 2006 in which she spelt out what she saw as the development of Social Work in Scotland.