Barnardo’s for­mer boss speaks out at in­quiry

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A for­mer di­rec­tor of Barnardo’s Scot­land has said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had an in­ap­pro­pri­ate cul­ture.

Hugh Mack­in­tosh moved north of the bor­der to be­come as­sis­tant di­rec­tor in 1981, be­fore pro­mo­tion in 1991.

Speak­ing at the Scot­tish Child Abuse In­quiry yes­ter­day, he said he did not feel wel­come when he first ar­rived, but he was not scared to “ruf­fle a few feath­ers” in or­der to tackle key is­sues.

He said: “I wasn’t wel­comed with open arms. I wasn’t par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar with the rest of the man­age­ment team.

“Barnardo’s Scot­land had this kind of ‘we’re a very car­ing divi­sion, very car­ing man­age­ment team’ (at­ti­tude).

“I didn’t find it very car­ing. I found it had a rather in­ap­pro­pri­ate sense of hu­mour.”

The for­mer di­rec­tor said dur­ing the 1980s, he found man­age­ment would not chal­lenge work­ers in the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s res­i­den­tial units.

The in­quiry, be­fore Lady Smith in Ed­in­burgh, con­tin­ues.

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