Pauline obtained a CQSW in 1973 from Edinburgh University and a Diploma in Advanced Social Work Studies with distinction form Dundee University in 1993.Most of Pauline's career in social work has been focused on children and families work, although she started as a trainee and then a main grade social worker in generic urban area teams in Edinburgh.
Pauline spent a number of years managing permanence planning and family finding, and then in the child care planning section, of Lothian Region. Pauline became Head of Service in Argyll and Bute Council at the time of local government reform.
After several years as Director of a small voluntary adoption agency in London, Pauline returned to Scotland to work on a freelance basis. Since then she has worked mainly for local authorities and voluntary agencies. This has included policy and procedures development, case reviews, evaluations, independent consultations and inter-agency Child Protection and Integrated Assessment Training.
Pauline also worked as a tutor on the Open University Diploma in Social Work course. Pauline is the Chair of the Inverclyde Council Adoption, Fostering and Permanence Panel, and of the Action for Children Scottish Fostering Panel.
Pauline is involved, as a volunteer, with a UK charity, the Children and Families International Foundation, whose focus is to develop and support Malawian family and kinship based care for orphaned children. As part of this, Pauline has carried out workshops and tutorials with students on the first Malawi qualifying social work course in 2007. She is an associate of the Scottish/Malawi Partnership.