Professor Brigid Daniel


Professor Brigid Daniel


Brigid Daniel, MA (Hons), PhD, CQSW, originally studied psychology and carried out research in infant perceptuo-motor development. Following qualification as a social worker she practised in Edinburgh before moving to Dundee University to teach on post-qualifying courses in child care and protection, then to Stirling University as Senior Lecturer in Social Work and back to Dundee as the Professor of Child Care and Protection and Director of Studies of Child Care and Protection.

Brigid is currently Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling ( She is the academic advisor to WithScotland – a national hub of expertise based at Stirling University that aims to enhance research and practice in child welfare and protection in Scotland.

Brigid’s is Principal Investigator for Permanently Progressing? a research project that is the first stage for what is planned to be a longitudinal study of outcomes for children in Scotland looked after away from home under the age of 5 ( She is also Scottish lead for the Nuffield funded 4 UK nation study Identifying and Understanding Inequalities in Child Welfare Intervention Rates

‘Getting it right for every child’ – Scotland’s framework for children’s services

Professor Brigid Daniel, MA (Hons), PhD, CQSW, School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, UK

The national framework for children’s services and its theoretical foundation will be described. The background to the development of the national framework will be explored within an analysis of the cultural and political drivers that facilitated the approach. In particular there will be consideration of why a national approach was adopted, the strategies employed to develop it and why it was ultimately enshrined in legislation.

Drawing on national surveys of responses to child neglect the presentation will reflect on the impact of Girfec and what has changed in local policy and practice. The core elements of the framework and the tools for practice will be presented with reflections on how they are being implemented in an inter-disciplinary context.

There will also be an analysis of the pitfalls and challenges along the way, in particular the partially successful legal challenge to the ‘named person’ element of the framework.

The presentation will critically analyse the way in which the framework aims to address the spectrum of issues from relatively minor need for support for parenting through to a child’s need for immediate protection in high risk circumstances.

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