Circle Annual Lecture delivered by Centenary Chair of Social Work
Professor John Devaney was honoured to be invited to deliver the Circle Annual Lecture at George Heriot’s School on Thursday 3rd October 2019. Circle is a large third sector organisation delivering a range of whole family support services that promote children’s healthy development.
The organisation engages with families across Scotland who face exclusion due to social injustice, poverty and health inequalities. The School of Social and Political Science has a long history of working in partnership with Circle, who regularly provide placements for students on the social work degree programmes within the university. The theme of this year’s lecture was on children’s experiences of violence within the family home, particularly in relation to domestic abuse. Professor Devaney focused on the potential for children to be impacted in the longer term by this adverse experience, and the range of ways in which services and professionals could protect and support children.
In addition, Dr Briege Nuggent provided a summary of an evaluation of a Circle service working with women involved with the criminal justice system, who have also been subjected to physical and sexual abuse, and controlling behaviour. Women engaged to a high degree with the service, resulting in a significant drop in reoffending when women’s experiences of previous abuse and violence were addressed.