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John Role (Malta)

Over the last 40 years, John Role has worked as a social worker in residential care for children and in foster care. Living with vulnerable children made him rise up to the challenge to help them change certain social work practices and legislation in his own country. Between 2004 and 2006 on a European level John represented IFCO and his native Malta in setting up the European Out-of-Home Care Standards. Such work resulted in bringing about change in the national policies. Between 1998 and 2009 John was a Board member giving advice to Ministers who are responsible for children in care in his native country. At present, Mr Role works at the Government-run agency. He leads a team of social workers whose role is to train, support, monitor, and supervise foster carers. John also works as a part-time lecturer at the University of Malta. He served previously on the IFCO Board in 2007-2009.