Lynsey Smith has worked in Glasgow social work services for 22 years. She spent her time as a social worker in the South Side of the city and was involved in delivering domestic abuse and sexual offending group work programmes. She had a keen interest as a social worker in the What Works Agenda and was part of a group that standardised risk assessment practice in Glasgow. She became a first line manager after 5 years, which provided her with the opportunity to develop community service / unpaid work provision in the city and become involved in the implementation of Community Payback Orders.
Lynsey became a service manager 13 years ago and headed up the justice social work team in the North West of the city including specialist justice services such as MAPPA, Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow Sheriff Court, Youth Court and Drug Court. During this time, she spent 2 years managing several Children and Families teams with remits including Child Protection and Youth Justice. In October 2021, Lynsey was promoted to the Head of Service for Justice Social Work in Glasgow and is now part of the senior management team overseeing the delivery of key Public Protection Services.
Lynsey has also been a member of the ADSW / Social Work Scotland Justice Standing Committee for the past 10 years and in December 2021 became the chair of the Justice Standing Committee. Lynsey is motivated to work closely with partners across the criminal justice sector and with those who have lived and living experience of the justice system. She is passionate about transformational change and hopes her position in Glasgow and with Social Work Scotland will allow her to influence key policy direction.