Beti Jones

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Beti Jones was a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), a leading social worker, and she transformed the Scottish legal system pertaining to children. She was the first social work officer in Scotland and she established the first hearing system for children.[1]


Jones was born in Wales in 1919 and died in 2006, and was a pioneering figure in social organising.[2]

In her family, she was the first women to enrol at university, attending the University of Wales, and achieving a BA in History.[1] She worked in teaching for two years. She held many positions, for example; in 1943-1949, she was South Wales Organiser for the National Association of Girls’ Clubs, during the Second World War she helped refugees in Germany, and she worked as a youth Education Officer for the Allied Control Commission for two years. Before settling to Scotland, she worked as Children’s Officer (1949-1968) and she was well known for her humanity. [2]

In 1968, she became the first women Chief Adviser on Social Work for the Scottish Office. She had a major contribution in developing social work; she invested herself in training and took responsibility for improving social work. Throughout her career, she improved the children court system, instead of attending adults’ courts, children got special panels of non lawyers.[2] This system of children's hearings is used up to now in Scotland and it is distributed a round the world[3]. Additionally, she aimed to promote community service on encouraging psychiatric support in the community.[2] In the Aberfan tragedy when a coal mine slag heap destroyed on a primary school, she was one of the first responders for helping affected families.[3] She provided an intensive training between professional and senior civil servants. [3]

Jones had a commitment to enhancing children welfare in the UK with the Child Poverty Action Group. She was an innovator in cutting age with kindness and warm personality.[2] She was a manager of social work in her decade, she recognized as a Commander British Empire (CBE), and she spent her time with her family in Wales. [2]


  1. ^ a b "Beti Jones An appreciation". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  2. ^ a b c d e f The new biographical dictionary of Scottish women. Ewan, Elizabeth,. Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474436298. OCLC 1057237368.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Beti Jones". Retrieved 2019-03-08.