Margaret Kernohan: A Commitment to care

United Kingdom, 1975

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Episode of Series “A Pattern of People”.
Children’s Hearings have been set up in Scotland as informal community tribunals to assess the background and needs of children in trouble. Traces the case of Willie Reid, a neglected boy caught shoplifting. The case is reported to Margaret Kernohan who convenes the hearing at which Willie and his parents are summoned to appear. In earlier days the boy would have been brought before the Juvenile Court and probably punished.


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