Social Work Services

Social Work Services provide advice, support, care and protection to children and families, vulnerable adults and older people. The department also contributes to community safety through work with people who have offended.

Chief Social Work Officer

Chief Social Work Officer: Lillian Cringles

The core priorities for Social Work Services are:

  • We will provide a good start in life for all our children
  • We will prepare our young people for adulthood and employment
  • We will care for our older and vulnerable adults

pdf icon Download the Social Work Services Business Plan 2015 - 2018 [1Mb]

The three Heads of Service within the department are:

Head of Children, Families and Criminal Justice: Lillian Cringles
Head of Adult Services: Graham Abrines
Head of Resources: Angela Patterson

Each service is working to:

  • make early intervention and prevention Social Work Services core business
  • promote and deliver positive personal outcomes and greater personal choice and control
  • safeguard and protect people in Dumfries and Galloway
  • have a culture that strives towards excellence and develops a confident, competent workforce
  • prioritise and maximise the effective use of available resources

Related Information

Contact Details


Social Work Services

122-124 Irish Street

Tel: 030 33 33 3000

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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