Established in 2010 Nether Johnstone House is a community based service that supports young people with a range of complex needs. Our service is child-centred and we aim to work collaboratively and creatively with young people, their families, carers, local authority and other relevant professionals. We believe in the potential of all children and young people to grow and develop. We provide a stable environment whilst trying to provide as much normality as possible for young people that have experienced abuse and neglect and may also be at risk of or involved with offending behaviour. We embrace the ethos of “Getting it Right For Every Child” (GIRFEC) and measure our progress using the SHANARRI Indicators.
We have undertaken a complete review of our services in January 2014 which has included a new Service Manager and a re-structuring of our staff team.
Neil McMillan joined the staff team as Service Manager to lead the care team at Nether Johnstone House in January 2014. Neil holds a B.A in Social Work, an MSc in Child Care and Protection; he is an Instructor for the Safe Crisis Management programme and a Senior Trainer in Life Space Crisis Intervention. With more than 20 years of experience in residential child care in both open and secure settings Neil has held posts as a practitioner, manager, and learning and development professional. He is an Ambassador for Careers in Care for the SSSC and has held social work research posts at Strathclyde and Stirling universities. Neil is also an international consultant and has undertaken several overseas assignments for UNICEF and Save the Children where he has advised governments and published globally on standards in residential child care and child protection. This allows him to bring a multi-cultural insight to residential child care practice.
Dr Irene Stevens provides external support and supervision to the Service Manager as well as providing staff training at Nether Johnstone House and independently auditing the views of stakeholders, children and young people on their experience of the service. Dr Stevens has an esteemed career in residential child care. She joined the University of Strathclyde in 2001, after a career in residential child care in Scotland which spanned almost 20 years. Within the university, she worked for the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care which has now become CELCIS (Centre of Excellence for Looked-after Children in Scotland). Her main work there was training, evaluative research and developing practice guidance literature. When she left CELCIS in 2012, she continued to work as an independent consultant in the field of residential child care and education. She currently sits on the editorial board of the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, and continues to write and publish in this area. Her most recent publications have included work in the European Journal of Social Work, the International Journal of Social Work and the International Journal of Child, Family and Youth Studies.
Maureen Anderson is an Independent registered Social Worker and Locum Care Inspector. She provides auditing and quality assurance of Nether Johnstone House care systems, training and is currently undertaking an evaluation of the Leadership and Management in Supervision project. Maureen has had a lengthy career in social care and social work. She has had many years’ experience in residential child care, children and families experience and has managed a drug service. She is a qualified Further Education Lecturer and worked for the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care as Assistant Director, Workforce Development where her role was to support the residential child care workforce into Further Education in order to meet SSSC registration requirements. With another colleague, Maureen developed the Core Skills Appraisal Project which won two Care Accolades in 2005. She sat for a seven year term on the SSSC Registration and Conduct Sub-Committee and has been a member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland Fitness to Teach panel for four years. Maureen is also a Panel Practice Advisor within the Children’s Hearing System.
We have a large group of dedicated and experienced care staff. This allows us to easily offer a one to one service to children where this is assessed as appropriate. We operate a key team system where each young person has a dedicated team who are all actively involved in the planning and delivery of services to fulfill plans identified.