A major conference on child protection is to take place in Stornoway next week.
Labelled ‘Our Islands’ Children – Our Future’, the conference is to be held in Stornoway Town Hall on Wednesday October 12, from 9.30am until 4pm.
Gordon McKay, co-ordinator and development officer of the Outer Hebrides Child Protection Committee, said: “Since there is a movement towards ‘Our Islands, Our Future’, which involves collaborative work with Orkney and Shetland, it was decided this year’s conference should invite keynote speakers from there.
“So we have lead officers from child protection officers from both Orkney and Shetland who will give presentations, as well as our own Children’s Services Manager, Jack Libby’.
The keynote speaker at the conference is to be Fiona Miele, a specialist nurse from NHS Grampian.
Following presentations, delegates will come together to talk about significant themes, trends and patterns which are currently relevant in the world of child protection, and to see how these mesh with other authorities.
Also giving a talk will be Shannon Finlayson, Principal Education Psychologist at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
Workshops will then discuss the three main focus points of the day – assessment and wellbeing, neglect, and early intervention.