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Ruth started working life as a residential social worker, working in a church run children’s home before moving to Yorkshire to undertake a social science degree. After a short spell working for a Women’s Refuge Ruth qualified as a Social Worker and specialised in Child protection. While working she undertook an MA in Pastoral Theology at the University of Manchester completing a dissertation on Church Child Protection Policies.
In 1999 Ruth moved to Scotland with her partner, taking up a post in a Local Authority Fostering and Adoption Team. The focus of her work being to assess adults looking to adopt children and assisting adopted adults to trace their birth families. In 2010 Ruth moved post to set up the authorities Kinship Care Scheme. This scheme explores the options for children to live with relatives rather than go into foster care.
Ruth is a member of the local Episcopal Church where she is involved in lay ministry.