We are pleased to announce that applications for the Anne Wingate Paterson Scholarship, for research in the field of child abuse and neglect (CAN) in Scotland, are now open for 2019.

The scholarship fund has been established from a generous legacy left to Association of Child Protection Professionals by Anne Wingate Paterson who died in 2016. Anne was a dedicated member of BASPCAN (now the Association of Child Protection Professionals) and left provision in her will to support an annual award for the study and prevention of child abuse and neglect. 

The fund details have been developed with the help and support of Anne’s surviving family, and we are grateful to them. Read more about Anne and the life she dedicated to protecting vulnerable children below. 

The scholarship fund has been established to promote the study of child welfare and protection. It provides individuals with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at a Scottish Higher Education Institute in the field of child abuse and/or neglect (CAN). Proposed studies must address one or more of the following:

  • identification of CAN;
  • impact of CAN;
  • effective responses to CAN;
  • Prevention of CAN.

Awards will be made to individuals with a place on a postgraduate programme at a Scottish Higher Education Institution and will be up to a value of £5000. The awards will be disbursed annually to fund the payment of course fees.

 The awards will be disbursed annually to fund the payment of course fees.


 The closing date for 2019 applications has now passed.    

About Anne

The late Anne Paterson was born in Edinburgh but grew up in Glasgow and spent her life between Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. She came from a family with a medical background, studied social sciences at Edinburgh University and started her professional career as a medical social worker, an almoner, at the Central Middlesex Hospital in London. She was attached to the chest unit, a multidisciplinary team. A major part of her work was working with lung cancer patients but also patients with mesothelioma. Following the reorganisation of social services she became a generic social worker in the London Boroughs of Brent and Westminster. Child protection in the early days was managed by today’s equivalent of the NSPCC before being taken over by Local Authority social services. In Brent and Westminster the emphasis was on children and families. Anne worked with the first Afro-Caribbean children to be accommodated in the boroughs. Anti-racist practice was always at the forefront of everything she did. Anne kept her interest in young people going when she retrained as a Youth and Community worker at Moray House College in Edinburgh. Her focus on child protection for individual children shifted to a focus on child protection within the community. She was a Project Leader for Ruchill Community Safety and Health Issues Project, a drugs prevention project for children and young people aged 8 to 13, in Glasgow before moving back to Edinburgh and taking up two posts, first as Senior Health Promotion Specialist in cancer prevention and then Community Worker for Edinburgh City Council based at Kirkliston.

In retirement in Edinburgh Anne did things for herself but these were all with and for other people. She sang in a Gaelic choir. She volunteered as a guide at Newbattle Abbey. Importantly she volunteered for BASPCAN. As an active member of the Scottish branch she supported the running of BASPCAN conferences across the UK. She never lost her passionate commitment to supporting children and young people.

The endowment of a scholarship fund in Scotland ensures that we can continue to support high quality research which will make a difference to practice.