Social worker who made 'Baby P' reforms given honorary doctorate by Kingston

Surrey Comet: Dame Moira Gibb, centre, receiving her doctorate from Kingston University professors Fiona Ross and Dr Ray Jones Dame Moira Gibb, centre, receiving her doctorate from Kingston University professors Fiona Ross and Dr Ray Jones

A social worker who made 'Baby P' reforms has been given an honorary doctorate from Kingston University, writes Gabriela Kerezova.

Kingston University gave Dame Moira Gibb, former chief executive of Camden Councill, for her work chairing the government’s social work task force.

The task force was set up in 2009 after a series of child abuse scandals, including the “Baby P” case, resulted in the reforms for the training of social workers.

Mrs Gibb had criticised previous changes to child protection by saying they had made social workers’ roles more bureaucratic.

Kingston's social care and education professor Dr Ray Jones said: "Social work needs champions who are willing to stand up in what are sometimes difficult circumstances - when there is a hostile media reaction or public anger resulting from a high profile case, for example.

"Through her national and local government roles Dame Moira has given tremendous encouragement to social workers to speak about what they do, their successes, the contribution they make and the challenges they face." 

Mrs Gibb received her honorary doctorate of science from both universities at the Royal Festival Hall on May 13.

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