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Published 21 November 2018

West Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership’s (HSCP) new Chief Social Work Officer has shared his vision for children and families in West Dunbartonshire.

Jonathan Hinds relocated to WDHSCP from East Renfrewshire HSCP where he has worked for 14 years, most recently as Senior Manager for Children & Families (Intensive Services) and Criminal Justice.

At his first meeting of WDHSCP, Jonathan outlined his commitment to ensuring children who are looked after receive a safe, certain future.  Improving outcomes for looked-after children would, he said, continue to be a priority and how engaging with the Scottish Government’s Permanence and Care Excellence (PACE) programme will help to support children and young people in West Dunbartonshire to have stable, secure and nurturing relationships that continue to adulthood.  Jonathan also stressed the importance of ensuring the voices of children and young people are heard in shaping future policies and services provided by the partnership. 

Jonathan began his career in 1999 as a social worker with Glasgow City Council, before moving to East Renfrewshire where he held a variety of management roles in criminal justice, youth intensive services and permanence.  Jonathan also spent four years as Chair of East Renfrewshire Fostering and Adoption Panel.

Jonathan said: “I’m delighted to join West Dunbartonshire HSCP and to continue to deliver excellent services to residents. I look forward to working with the many dedicated teams and build on the great work already being undertaken within the service.  I look forward to joining the team and working alongside colleagues to further improve the services we provide to residents across West Dunbartonshire."

Allan Macleod, Chair of West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “I am pleased to welcome Jonathan to his first meeting of the partnership and to hear his vision for children and families in West Dunbartonshire. I look forward to working with him and his extensive knowledge will be a great asset to our residents.”

Councillor Marie McNair, Chair of West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership Audit Committee and Vice Chair of West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “I am delighted to welcome Jonathan to the HSCP and I’m sure his experience and leadership will be of great benefit to the residents in West Dunbartonshire. I look forward to working with him to strengthen the services we provide to children, young people and their families.

West Dunbartonshire HSCP Chief Officer Beth Culshaw added: “I am delighted to welcome Jonathan to our senior management team and look forward to introducing him to West Dunbartonshire.  It is great to have someone of his calibre and experience joining us and I’m sure his extensive knowledge and experience will be a real asset.”

Jonathan takes over from Jackie Irvine, who left to take up a promoted post in Edinburgh earlier this year.