Barnardo’s former boss speaks out at inquiry
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.