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29 July 2013
NCH CONGRATULATES JAMES R NIVEN, THIS YEAR’S PRESIDENT OF THE RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION
Family News from the National Children’s Home November – December 1967
Mr James R Niven joined the staff of the Children’s Home in 1946 when he was appointed Steward at Princess Alice School. From Birmingham he came south to Harpenden in 1950 to take a similar appointment under the Superintendency of Mr Edward Shutt.
It was appropriate that Mr Niven should eventually become Superintendent of Cathkin House, Rutherglen, the Glasgow Branch of the Home, for such an appointment meant a ‘return home’ for Mr Niven. Born in Glasgow, he found his spiritual home in the Glasgow Methodist Mission and grew up to become closely involved in all sections of the Church life. He became an Officer of the Boys’ Brigade, a Youth Leader and Sunday School teacher. All this experience with young people stood him in good stead as he entered upon his life’s work in child care.
What is the RCCA?
The RCCA is an Association of men and women who are personally involved in residential child care. They have joined together to increase their knowledge of children at risk and to share their experiences. Their objectives are to maintain and improve the standards of residential child care throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
To this end, the UK has been divided into Regions and each Region into Branches. Within these structures meetings are arranged at which specialists in child care and allied subjects are invited to speak and lead discussions. Regions and Branches join to organize Day and Week-End Conferences – often in co-operation with other sister organizations.
The whole membership (many of whom may not be able to attend meetings) is bound together by the Association’s monthly Journal The Child in Care, which gives details of the activities of the Executive, Regions, Branches and similar matters. It also details information concerning Central and Local Government planning, etc, relevant to child care. Articles and correspondence make profitable reading in a well presented manner.
The Association has the privilege and responsibility of being, in many important quarters, the mouthpiece of residential child care workers. It accepts this opportunity of service to its members.
The affairs of the Association are guided by an Executive Committee comprising the officers of the Association (Secretary, etc) and an elected representative from each of the Association’s Regions. It is presided over by the Association’s National President who is elected annually by a vote of all members. In his year of Office he represents the Association in many ways up and down the country, visits Branches and Regions and generally stimulates the whole of RCCA. We anticipate a thrilling year under the vigorous leadership of Jim Niven – our first Scottish President.
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