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Jenny Gray

Jenny Gray OBE has been in child care social work, management and policy development since 1979. She graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work from Canterbury University, New Zealand in 1978; a Postgraduate Diploma of Family Therapy, Institute of Family Therapy, London in 1986; and a Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching and Course Design in Higher Education Institute of Education, University of London in 1991. Jenny was a lecturer in social work at Reading University and has published on a variety of child maltreatment policy and practice areas.


Jenny Gray joined the Social Services Inspectorate, Department of Health in 1991 and led the development of the new inspection methodologies. In 1995, she was appointed as the professional adviser to the British government on safeguarding children, firstly in the Department of Health and then in the Department for Education. She led policy development on the assessment of children in need, reviews of serious cases and child deaths and the commissioning of safeguarding children research. Jenny held this post until September 2012. Since that time, she has been a social work consultant.


In 2007, Jenny Gray was awarded The Order of the British Empire and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She is currently the Past President of ISPCAN.

 

Jenny Gray has a particular interest in utilising evidence from research and practice to develop: effective national child protection systems in collaboration with governments and key stakeholders; multi-disciplinary training resources which can be successfully implemented internationally using a variety of media; and, good quality national child protection data collection systems to inform the planning and development of child protection systems. She is also committed to ensuring the UNCRC underpins all work to prevent child maltreatment and protect children from harm.

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