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Children and Families Social Work Team

Social Workers are there to help children and their families who are in need or at risk. We will try to work together to make things safer and better for children at home, in the community or in care.

Social Workers provide advice, guidance and direct practical and therapeutic support to children, young people and their families;

We ensure that the best interests of children are paramount in any decision making about their lives, promote and advocate children’s views and rights;

If needed, we can make alternative short term and longer term care arrangements for children and young people who cannot live at home or with other family, for example foster care or residential care;

We work closely with agencies such as Schools, Health, Police, Children’s Reporter, Voluntary Services e.g. Relationship Scotland, Advocacy, Women’s Aid.

For more information and guidance on Child Protection, please visit the child protection pages of this website via the 'Related Links' section.

More Children and Families related pages can be accessed from the 'More pages in this section' menu.


Children’s Services, Orkney Health and Care, School Place, Kirkwall, KW15 1NY.

Telephone: 01856873535 extension 2676.

Children Services Contacts

Principal Social Worker (Children): Jim Lyon

Operational Manager: Jane Beckwith

Duty Social Worker

Monday to Friday (9am - 5pm) - Telephone: 01856873535.

Out of Hours – Telephone: 01856 888000.

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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