Tributes paid to ex-social worker and “champion for young people” Paul Goggins MP following death

MPs and social work leaders praise Labour MP and former minister, whose death follows successful campaign to raise foster care leaving age to 21

Tributes have been paid to former social worker and MP Paul Goggins, who died last night aged 60, just over a week after collapsing when out running.

Goggins, the Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, Greater Manchester, since 1997, worked as a residential child care worker in the 1970s before gaining the Certificate of Qualification in Social Work. He worked for the charities NCH (now Action for Children) and Church Action on Poverty before his election to Parliament.

He was minister for prisons and probation from 2003-5 and was then appointed as a Northern Ireland minister in 2006, in which capacity he oversaw reforms to adoption, fostering and mental health and learning disability services.

Within Parliament he has been a longstanding champion of looked-after children and campaigned with the Fostering Network for young people to be allowed to remain in foster care until the age of 21.

Last month, the campaign proved successful as the government announced the would place a duty on councils to support all young people who want to remain in foster care to do so, from April 2014.

His colleague, the Labour MP Lisa Nandy, said Goggins had “won this last, important battle for children” before his death, while the Fostering Network described him as an “amazing champion for young people”.

He was also a member of the all-party parliamentary group on social work, which is administered by the British Association of Social Workers.

“We would like to extend our condolences to Paul’s family and thank him for being such a friend to social workers,” said BASW chief executive Bridget Robb. “Paul was a dedicated member of the all-party parliamentary group on social work and took a lead role during a recent inquiry into the state of social work.
“Paul stayed true to his roots and principles and showed a genuine and deep understanding of the concerns raised by social workers. He had a real desire to change people’s lives for the better.”

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One Response to Tributes paid to ex-social worker and “champion for young people” Paul Goggins MP following death

  1. Julia Hennessy January 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    Very sad news to hear. Mailing from New Zealand, Paul Goggins was also the first MP to really advocate for restorative practices. A huge legacy.