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Child protection: expert witness to appear before Committee

​The Social Affairs Policy Review Committee is continuing its work on children’s social services and in particular the problem of over-referral. The Committee will take oral evidence on this subject next week from Maggie Mellon.

The Committee intends to take this evidence on Monday 29th June 2015 at 2.30 pm in the Legislative Council Chamber, Legislative Buildings, Bucks Road, Douglas. The evidence will be taken in public; members of the public are welcome to attend. 

Maggie Mellon MSc CQSW Dip Child Protection  is a social worker with over 35 years experience. Formerly head of public policy for NCH Action for Children Scotland and Director of Services for Children First,  Maggie is a social work consultant with a strong emphasis on family and child rights and welfare. Maggie was Chair of the Scottish Child Law Centre until 2012 and is currently a Non Executive Director of NHS Health Scotland (2008 -), and Vice Chair of the British Association of Social Workers (2014 -). 

The Social Affairs Policy Review Committee is a Standing Committee of Tynwald with a remit to scrutinise the implemented policies of the Departments of Education and Children, Health and Social Care, and Home Affairs. The Members are Mrs Brenda Cannell MHK (Chair), Mr David Cretney MLC and the Hon Steve Rodan SHK. 

The Committee is concerned about the level of referrals to children’s social services and has recently published a report which includes some conclusions and recommendations on this subject. The report is due to be debated by Tynwald at the sitting commencing on 16th June 2015. The two volumes of the report can be found at the following locations:

The Council of Ministers’ response to this report can be found at the following location:

The Committee’s report and the Council of Ministers’ response were debated on Tuesday 16th June 2015. The debate can be read at lines 4156 to 4728 of the Hansard for the sitting, which is at the following location: 


For further information:

Jonathan King

Deputy Clerk of Tynwald

Legislative Buildings, Douglas, IM1 3PW

Tel: (01624) 685500


Published - 25/06/2015