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The Forum Members

Forum Members

Members contribute to the work of the National Confidential Forum in understanding and acknowledging the experience of adults who spent time in institutional care in Scotland as children.

Current Members are from various professional backgrounds – social work, legal, psychology and medical. We have experience of working with individuals who may be vulnerable or have survived traumatic experiences.

Members aim to hear testimony from people in a way which contributes positively to their current health and wellbeing. Through careful recording of individual experiences, good and bad, we hope to ensure that children and young people are nurtured and looked after safely in future.

 

 Tara Pennington-Twist

Tara Pennington-Twist

Forum Member

Dr Pennington-Twist is a Clinical Psychologist, specialising in Child & Adolescent Mental Health. She has a particular interest in trauma, neglect and the impact of early adversity on a developing child. Dr Pennington-Twist has worked and studied in the field of Psychology for nineteen years, having undertaken a BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology at the University of Cardiff in 2000 and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2008. After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, she worked within NHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Outpatient Services before gaining senior positions working in a NHS specialist Child & Adolescent Trauma Service and Local Authority Child Protection and Adoption Services. She now works in independent practice, working therapeutically with young people and families and undertaking Child & Family assessments for Local Authorities and Family Court Proceedings. Alongside her clinical and court work, Dr Pennington-Twist delivers teaching and training on topics including child protection, developmental trauma and neglect and she is involved in developing and supervising research in this field. She is passionate about improving the care experience and journey of children in care.

 Aileen Blower

Aileen Blower

Forum Member

Aileen is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has worked in various mental health settings over the past 30 years. She was consultant in the Glasgow Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and has enjoyed clinical practice in other community teams. She has current part-time role as Joint Clinical Lead with NHS Ayrshire & Arran for development of the national secure adolescent inpatient service, as a locum psychiatrist in a UK military mental health team and Member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. Aileen enjoys working with families and learning about resilience. She is passionate about ensuring equal access to safe effective health care for children and young people from all backgrounds and circumstances, including those “in care”.

Kate Davidson

Kate Davidson

Forum Member

Professor Kate Davidson is Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow.  She worked as a consultant Clinical Psychologist in adult mental health in the NHS in Scotland prior to retiring in 2014.  She was founder and Director of the South of Scotland CBT Course. She has made professional contributions to improving clinical services and standards within the NHS and internationally. She edited “The Matrix”, a guide for delivering evidence based psychological therapies in Scotland.  Her clinical and research work has focused on developing effective therapies for people who harm themselves or who harm others, many of whom had experienced deprivation, and emotional and physical abuse, in childhood and adolescence.

Moira Ramage

Moira Ramage

Forum Member

Moira is a former District Procurator Fiscal with 20 years’ experience in the investigation and prosecution of crime.  This period included significant exposure to victims of crime, including child abuse and adults who had been abused in institutions as children.  She has been a Legal Adviser to a number of regulatory bodies since 2005, including General Medical Council, General Dental Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council and General Teaching Council for Scotland.  Moira is a former member of the Parole Board for Scotland.

Jayne Laidlaw

Jayne Laidlaw

Head of The Forum

Jayne who is the Head of the Forum has extensive experience supporting people who’ve experienced trauma, abuse, deprivation or adversity. Her career spans thirty years across a variety of voluntary sector projects. Jayne is skilled in community development, counselling and management, and has spent the last 15 years in service delivery leadership, latterly with the NSPCC. She is a member of the Chartered Management Institute and the mother of two teenage sons.

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