Director of Social Services in Islington from 1972-1992. He had worked in Islington as a probation officer and children’s social worker. He left Islington’s employment to begin work at the National Children’s Bureau in April 1992 – before the abuse scandal was exposed in October 1992.
Jan 27th 1972, Health and social services committee
“This evening was devoted to the appointment of a new Director; I was interested and attended as an observer. John Rea Price was the most impressive and indeed the successful candidate; he was with us for 18 years, well regarded and with a national reputation. I recall Gerry Flynn saying ‘Rea Price? Not at any price!’ But John got the job and a salary of £6000 per annum…”Pat Haynes (1994) An Islington councillor 1971-1992
“Mike Devenney congratulates John Rea Price on becoming President of the Association of Directors of Social Services a great honour. John had a national reputation but had been under severe criticism often unfairly for lack of financial stringency.”Pat Haynes (1994) An Islington councillor 1971-1992