Catriona MacSween has worked in the refugee sector for over 15 years working as a caseworker for adult asylum seekers before focusing her interests on the needs of separated children. Catriona joined Aberlour in June 2010 in the post of Service Manager for the Scottish Guardianship Service and she has been instrumental in developing and delivering the current model of Guardianship in Scotland. Catriona has extensive experience of working with separated children through the complex asylum, trafficking and welfare processes. She has a significant insight into the challenges that separated children face in Scotland and to date she has worked with over 400 young people who are seeking international protection in the UK.
A bit about my organisational mission/the work that I do...
Aberlour has a rich history of delivering vital services to vulnerable children, young people and their families. At Aberlour we understand well the impact of poverty, disadvantage and early trauma on children and their families. Our work focuses on getting there earlier to support children and families to improve their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. We will also challenge the circumstances which lead to poverty and disadvantage for children in Scotland.