The director of life-long care at Scottish Borders Council,
Colin Johnson, resigned from the post last week.
Borders Council’s social work department came under
immense criticism last year in the case of a woman with learning
difficulties who was tortured and sexually abused by three men, one
of whom was her carer.
As a result of the council’s own inquiry into the case,
the department is making changes to the lifelong care portfolio.
Johnson said it was “appropriate” to step down now to allow the
council to appoint a new director to lead the changes.
“The council has approved and adopted an action plan which will
take a number of years to complete,” Johnson said. “I reach
retirement age in 18 months and it would be appropriate for me to
step aside now.”