Key figures in the 1998 Newcastle city council inquiry team investigating the Shieldfield Nursery child abuse allegations SocietyGuardian.co.uk staffWednesday July 31, 2002 Jacqui Saradjian is a consultant clinical psychologist, and head of the city-wide forensic service for Leeds community and mental health teaching trust, where she works with people who are considered to be mentally disordered offenders. She has a first class psychology degree a masters in clinical psychology. Ms Saradjian’s specialist area of research involves women who sexually abuse children and the effects of that abuse on their child victims. She teaches regularly on the postgraduate doctorate training course for clinical psychologists at Leeds University on topics which include the motivation for offenders to offend, sexual offending by males and females, and working with people with personality disorders. Judith Jones is an independent social worker, consultant and trainer in child protection. She has been a social worker, senior manager, trainer and consultant to local authorities and the voluntary sector, specialising in child protection work. She qualified as a social worker in 1976, and has a masters degree in child protection studies. Ms Jones is on the Law Society’s expert witness register. She is also a visiting research fellow at the child and women abuse studies unit at the University of North London.Professor Richard Barker is head of the child and family studies at Northumbria University. A sociology graduate, with a masters degree from Bradford University and a doctorate from Edinburgh University, he trained as a teacher in Birmingham and as a social worker in Leeds. He has worked for three local authorities in Yorkshire, and has conducted research into a range of issues, including child protection and children in care. Professor Barker founded and led a multi-professional, post-qualifying child protection course, approved by social work and nursing qualification boards. He has also acted as an independent chairman of child protection conferences and reviews, and undertaken consultancy work and training on child protection in the UK and throughout Europe.Roy Wardell, former director of social services for the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley, has 42 years experience in social services, with specialist knowledge of issues affecting children and families. He has worked for several local authorities, both internally and as an outside adviser. He was assistant director of social services for Humberside county council, and was an adviser on social services to the Association of Metropolitan Authorities until 1993. During the same period, he was a member of the children and families’ committee of the Association of Directors of Social Services. Over the past nine years, Mr Wardell has acted as independent chairman of two adoption panels and of complaints review panels for 12 local authorities. Dr Camille San Lazaro, senior lecturer in paediatric forensic medicine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, was not a member of the inquiry team. However, she examined 53 children in the case. Dr San Lazaro is a nationally-respected consultant paediatrician and child protection expert with 30 years experience as a paediatrician, published widely in the area of sexual abuse, and lecturing nationally and internationally. A member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Dr Lazaro has been on the board of the northern training centre for child protection studies, and the board of Northumbria University MA in child protection studies. She was awarded an OBE for services to the care of sexually abused children in the New Year’s honours 1999. She advises the children’s charity NSPCC. But according to Mr Justice Eady, in his judgement on the Shieldfield libel case on July 30 2002, Dr San Lazaro was “unbalanced, obsessive and lacking in judgement”. He said the inquiry team “clearly fell under the spell” of Dr San Lazaro.
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