SASW welcomes attendees nationwide to this webinar, based on research and practice in Scotland but relevant to all in practice UK wide.

Chaired by Sarah McMillan, Professional Officer, Scottish Association of Social Work. the webinar will be a discussion and reflection on women’s experience of domestic abuse in Scotland and how society has responded to this, both in the past and in present time. Looking at Dr Anni Donaldson's research findings from post-war up to the early 1990’s then considering continuity and change up to present day with inputs from Detective Chief Superintendent Sam McCluskey and Catriona Grant, a social work practitioner.

The Speakers

Dr Anni Donaldson - Dr Anni Donaldson is an oral historian, academic and writer.  For the last 30 years, Anni has specialised in policy, practice, teaching and research on domestic abuse, violence against women and campus sexual violence in Scotland.  Anni is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. 

Detective Chief Superintendent Sam McCluskey  

Catriona Grant, Independent Social Worker - Catriona works both as an Independent Social Work and Domestic Abuse Consultant and as a Senior Social Worker in the voluntary sector working with women in recovery from domestic abuse, addiction and trauma.  She is also a Practice Teacher/Educator for social work students.  Catriona has worked as a social worker in a multitude of settings and worked in the Caledonian System working with perpetrators of domestic abuse and their families and was seconded for three years to Lothian and Borders Police as the multi agency domestic abuse Co-ordinator. As well as being a Registered Social Worker she had a LLB in Law and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.  She founded the charity Parental Advocacy and Rights (PAR) and is a Trustee on the Board. Catriona is currently studying MScR at Edinburgh University researching social workers ethics when working with mothers affected by domestic abuse.  She is often instructed as a specialist Social worker by solicitors to review social work case files for court proceedings and preparing risk assessments for cases affected by domestic abuse and historical child abuse cases.  Catriona is also an Independent Report Writer for Children’s Hearing Scotland. 

Sarah McMillan, Professional Officer, SASW - Sarah has been a social worker since 2000, and has worked as a professional officer with SASW since 2016. Sarah has worked extensively with children and families, both in practice team settings and as a Cedar Project Coordinator, supporting women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. In her role at SASW Sarah has developed work around ‘The Social Work Role in Domestic Abuse’, which has included a series of events with partners across Scotland and on-going awareness raising. Sarah has also been instrumental in setting up Communities of Practice, where social workers can reflect and learn together. Sarah is now a certified trainer in the Safe & Together Model and is keen to help raise awareness of the approach with social workers across the UK.