Joanna Macdonald

Joanna Macdonald

Deputy Chief Social Work Adviser, Scottish Government
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Joanna Macdonald started her career in 1991 as a social care assistant in a care home before qualifying as a social worker and beginning a career across health and social care working in Aberdeenshire, Highland and Argyll & Bute before her current post as Deputy Chief Social Work Advisor.

Between 2015 and 2021, Joanna was chair of Social Work Scotland’s Adult Social Care Committee working with colleagues across Scotland to collectively promote the value of adult social care and generate broader understanding of the social worker role.

As Director of Social Care in Highland’s Lead Agency model of integration (2014-2018) and Chief Officer in a Corporate Body model of integration in Argyll & Bute (2018 – 2021) Joanna brings a breadth of experience, knowledge and understanding of the complex environment within which social work as a profession has evolved and currently works. Joanna’s portfolio covers Children & Families and she is closely involved in the implementation of the new National Child Protection Guidance, Age of Criminal Responsibility, Siblings Guidance and current GIRFEC refresh in addition to the National Care Service consultation and planning.