“Inadequately trained people put into a position of incredible power.”

by expoƒunction

“I don’t think there was any malice – an awful lot of stupidity – but no malice. I think the people involved really genuinely thought they were doing the right thing. … People involved in child protection and the whole social work field are poorly trained. Everyone goes on courses and that’s great. ‘I’ve been on a two-day child protection course so I’m now an expert’. That’s what worries me, I think it could happen again. Not the same scenario, but the same underlying problem: Inadequately trained people put into a position of incredible power.”

Surgeon Dr Helen Martini, wife of the now retired local GP, in an interview 20 years after the Orkney child sex abuse scandal