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February 8, 2010

List of Corrupt , Dishonest and Abusive Social Workers and Related Articles

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NAME                                                                                                                         COUNCIL

Eleni Cordingley          Placed child at risk.                                    Swansea

Dwight Mcguire            Sexual Abuse.                                                 Darlington

David Cookson              Sex with mentally ill woman               Surrey

Stanley Lansdell           Verbal homophobic abuse                    Bradford

Craig Mcloughlin        Purchasing client alcohol                       Sheffield

Michael Bird                   Filming up womens skirts.                     Newcastle

Julie Andrews                Obtaining money by deception          Unknown

Douglas Makey              Sexual Abuse                                                     Gravesend

Lynne Greenwood      Theft                                                                        Manchester

Martha Wright               Theft from service user                             Manchester

Niamh Duiggan             Possession of class A drug and

2 counts of offering to supply class

drugs.                                                                       Manchester

Rosalind Shaw                Misconduct                                                         Waltham

Forest

Tricia Forbes                    Professional Misconduct                          Waltham

Forest

Christopher                       Conning Teenage girls to pose

Hardman                              Topless .                                                               Kirklees

Joy Coles                               Putting children at risk                            Leicester

Douglas Adams                Inappropriate sexual comments       Barnsley

Edward Evans                   Deception                                                             Aberdeen

Verona Reeves               Failing to disclose conviction              Birmingham

Richard Glasby       Physical and Sexual abuse                      Cambridgeshire

Kevin Mence                       Sexual Abuse                                          Cambridgeshire

Alan Rhodes                       Breach of codes of conduct                       Leeds

Rod Ryall                               Sexual Abuse                                                Calderdale

Darren Macdonald   Placed children at risk                                 Clydebank

John Donnelly            Failed to provide appropriate care

to vulnerable adults.                                     Lanarkshire

Catherine Forrest      Dishonesty and Plagarism                         Glasgow

Kevin Glancy                 Possessing Child Porn                                  Edinburgh

Jackie Mclhargey        Ran stolen car factory                                  Unknown

Alan Man                        Accused of using inappropriate              Glasgow

and degrading language to young client

Margeret Gribbon  Breached codes of conduct                             Clydebank

Heather Clark                  Failing vulnerable familes                        Aberdeen

Mrs X ( cannot be named for legal reasons or more likely protected as she is a social worker )

Bit her own son while under the influence of alcohol

Ms C( cannot be named for legal reasons or more likely protected as she is a social worker )

failed to seek immediate medical attention for her toddler and lied to doctors about how her injuries occurred

Care Council for Wales finds social worker placed child at risk
Daniel Lombard
A social worker who displayed “extremely poor judgement” in her handling of a case in which a child subsequently died has been struck off the register.
A Care Council for Wales conduct committee found Eleni Cordingley had placed Child A at risk by failing to act on two phonecalls from the same person expressing concerns about the family.
Cordingley was a social worker at Swansea Council’s social services department at the time of the case in 2005.
Anonymous phonecalls
The anonymous calls were made to the access and information team between 27 April and 5 May of that year, but Cordingley failed to act appropriately, according to the committee. Child A died later that year.
After admitting misconduct at a hearing in Cardiff, she was told by committee chair Ann Teaney: “By exercising extremely poor judgement you failed to work in a safe and effective way. The misconduct admitted in this case is considered to be so serious that removal from the register is the only appropriate sanction.
“Protection of the public”
“This is necessary for the protection of the public and to uphold the public interest in maintaining confidence in social care services.”
Teaney also expressed concern about Swansea Council’s delay in informing the CCW about the result of a disciplinary hearing involving Cordingley, which concluded in October 2007.
Council’s improvement programme
Swansea Council said in a statement that the child’s death “was a terrible tragedy and [we are] very sorry that it happened”.
It added that a serious case review had found the child was not known to social services prior to the first phonecall. The council said it had acted on the report’s recommendations and worked with the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales to strengthen its services for vulnerable children.
Wendy Fitzgerald, cabinet member for social services, said the council had already invested £350,000 in recruiting additional social workers this year.
GSCC removes Dwight McGuire from register
McGuire convicted in US for sexual assault on six year old girl
Kirsty McGregor
Tuesday 26 January 2010 12:10
A children’s social worker who sexually abused a six-year-old girl in the US more than 20 years ago has been struck off the social care register.
Dwight McGuire sexually assaulted the girl and indecently exposed himself to her on several occasions over the course of a year from December 1988 while living with her family.
The girl was so distressed by the experience that she waited almost 20 years before reporting it to the police in 2007, a General Social Care Council conduct committee found. McGuire was working as a children’s social worker at Darlington Council at the time the offence came to light.
McGuire, a US national, pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition in Greene County, Ohio, in April 2009 and was sentenced to one year imprisonment.
The committee decided removal from the register was the only appropriate sanction because sexual abuse of children is “particularly serious, especially so when the registrant is in a position of trust”.
The committee took into account the fact that McGuire, who was not present at the hearing in London, had pleaded guilty to the offence in court, had expressed remorse and had undergone counselling shortly after it happened.
But it concluded that confidence in social care services would be “undermined” if he continued to practise as a social worker.
A spokesperson for Darlington Council said: “Once we were aware of the charges against Mr McGuire, his employment by Darlington Council ceased.
“We also spoke to all of the families he had been working with and none of them raised any issues or concerns.”
Sex offender social worker struck off
By Richard Pain
April 27, 2009
A SOCIAL worker who had sex with a mentally ill woman from Camberley has been struck off the social care register.
David Cookson was employed by Surrey County Council as a locum when he slept with the woman known as Ms A after becoming her key worker in 2006.
The 44-year-old from Southampton only admitted having sex with her when she later revealed she was pregnant.
Last year, he was convicted at Guildford Crown Court of having a sexual relationship while in the position of care of a vulnerable adult.
He was placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years and ordered to attend a group work programme.
Now an independent committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) has removed him from the Social Care Register.
The committee said Cookson was aware straight away that his actions breached the social workers’ code of practice but he made no attempt to inform the council of the affair.
Rosie Varley, chairman of the GSCC, said: “Social workers are put in a position of trust and it is therefore vital that they act with integrity while safeguarding vulnerable people.
“Thankfully, the majority of the 80,000 registered social workers find no difficulty in complying with this.
“In order to maintain the safety of vulnerable people we take all matters of law breaking very seriously and will not hesitate to apply the appropriate sanctions.”
Social worker struck off for abusing trans child
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk • January 7, 2010 – 13:18
The social worker was struck off
A social worker has been found guilty of shouting homophobic abuse at a child in his care.
Stan Lansdell, 52, was struck off today for “gross abuse” of his position. He worked for Bradford council at the time of the offences.
A General Social Care Conduct Council (GSCC) in London heard he had committed 59 counts of misconduct, including failing to follow child protection procedures, providing false references and making inappropriate contact with an 18-year-old girl.
Communitycare.co.uk reports that Lansdell had shouted homophobic abuse at a trans girl known as Child F in April 2007, when the child was aged between 12 and 13.
The child, who chose to wear girl’s clothing and was said to be experiencing gender confusion, said Lansdell had threatened to put her into care and referred to her as a “f***ing little gay b****d”.
Lansdell also made inappropriate phone calls and text messages of a sexual nature to the child’s 18-year-old cousin.
He did not attend the four-day hearing but said in an email sent to the court that the allegations were fabricated.
He was also found to have failed to keep up-to-date records on at least 13 children.
But the the GSCC’s presenting officer said Lansdell had shown “untrustworthiness” and that his behaviour was “potentially dangerous” to vulnerable children.
Committee chair Barry Picken said the committee believed he had “deep-seated personality and attitudinal problems”.
Social worker struck off for ‘extremely poor judgement’
Jan 26 2009 WalesOnline
A social worker has been struck off the professional register for “extremely poor judgment” in a case involving a baby who was later murdered.
Eleni Cordingley, who has been suspended from the City and County of Swansea social services department, is no longer allowed to work as a social worker after she admitted misconduct at a Care Council for Wales (CCW) Conduct Committee Hearing in Cardiff.
Mrs Cordingley admitted she had shown poor professional judgment and had failed to comply with child protection procedures concerning Aaron Gilbert during the hearing last Thursday and Friday.
The 13-month-old boy was murdered after a month-long regime of violence in May 2005.
Andrew Lloyd admitted killing the defenceless child on the eve of a murder trial at Swansea Crown Court in October 2006.
He was later jailed for life with the recommendation he serve a minimum 24 year term.
The baby’s mother Rebecca Lewis, of Swansea, south Wales, was jailed for six years after being found guilty of familial homicide at the end of the four week trial.
Lewis had failed to lift a finger to prevent Aaron’s murder, by her live-in boyfriend Lloyd, despite knowing what was happening.
The jury heard that Aaron’s body carried a “constellation of 50 injuries,” caused by Lloyd over four weeks.
He had undergone beatings, had been thrown across a room by his ears, had been bitten and slapped and forced to inhale smoke.
The Committee in Cardiff was told that the Access and Information team in the Social Services Department of the City and County of Swansea had received two anonymous calls from the same person expressing concerns about the family of Aaron, who was referred to as Child A throughout the hearing.
Anne Teaney, the committee chairwoman, told Mrs Cordingley: “In failing to act appropriately in response to the complaints between April 27 and May 5 2005, you are guilty of misconduct by putting Child A at risk.
“By exercising extremely poor judgment you failed to work in a safe and effective way. The misconduct admitted in this case is considered to be so serious that removal from the Register is the only appropriate sanction.
“This is necessary for the protection of the public and to uphold the public interest in maintaining confidence in social care services.”
During the hearing, the Committee also expressed concern about the delay in the City and County of Swansea informing the Care Council for Wales about the result of a disciplinary hearing for Mrs Cordingley which was concluded in October 2007.
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: “The death of Aaron Gilbert in 2005 was a terrible tragedy and Swansea Council is very sorry that it happened.
“Following the Care Council’s decision we have taken immediate steps to suspend the social worker.
“We will also need to consider what further action may be necessary in the light of the evidence and outcome of the Care Council hearing.
“Following Aaron’s death the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board undertook a Serious Case Review. It found that prior to the first anonymous phone call, Aaron was not known to Social Services. He was not on the at risk register.
“However, it concluded that all the agencies involved with the family had important lessons to learn and made recommendations on how these should be implemented.”
Wendy Fitzgerald, Cabinet Member for Social Services at the council, said: “Our primary concern is protecting and promoting the welfare of children.
“Since Aaron’s tragic death we have introduced a number of improvements to services
“This year alone, we have invested more than £350,000 to recruit additional social workers. We have improved services and will continue to work with the Care and Social Services Inspectorate to bring further improvements.
“We will be looking at the evidence and outcome of the CCW hearing and considering what further actions are necessary.”
Social worker struck off after buying whisky for rehab patient
A social worker, Craig McLoughlin, who offered to buy a double whisky in a pub for a client he had helped through detox has been struck off.
Published: 1:04PM GMT 06 Nov 2009
Mr McLoughlin, who was drunk at the time, told the client, known only as Mr A, not to worry about his dead father, adding ”I’ll be your dad”, and he informed other people in the pub that he was his social worker.
The committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in London ruled today that the 54-year-old’s actions amounted to misconduct and ordered that he be removed from the professional register.
NHS staff told not to hold meetings where alcohol served in order not to offend Muslims
It heard on Thursday that Mr A had issues with psychosis linked to substance and alcohol misuse and McLoughlin, from Sheffield, helped arrange his attendance at a detox programme.
McLoughlin was on a day off in May 2005 and was intoxicated ”to the level of being drunk” in a city centre pub when Mr A and his girlfriend bumped into him, the hearing was told.
Mr Swan said: ”Mr A and his girlfriend. Miss C. went into the pub for a meal and the registrant invited them to join him at a table where he was sitting by himself, and they did.
”The registrant then offered to buy an alcoholic drink for Mr A, namely whisky, and produced a quantity of money from his pocket.
”He went on to express his view to Mr A that nobody could be without alcohol and that was despite the fact that Mr A had recently undergone detox. Mr A refused the offer of a drink.”
Mr Swan said Mr A’s father had died when he was only 13, which he and McLoughlin had discussed.
”The registrant said to Mr A in a raised voice, ‘Don’t worry about your dad, I’ll be your dad.’
”The registrant went on to shout to other customers, ‘I’m his social worker, this is our social work session’.”
Mr A telephoned his grandmother to tell her what was going on and she reported it to his bosses.
But the committee did not find proved allegations that McLoughlin offered Mr A some magic mushrooms, or asked Mr A to provide him with cannabis or sleeping tablets
McLoughlin was employed by the city council to work for the Sheffield Care Trust in mental health services from September 13 2004 and he worked in the north sector community health team.
He was involved in the case of Mr A from October 2004, said Andrew Swan, representing the GSCC.
McLoughlin was employed on a temporary basis and had a contract which was due to run until October 28 2005.
During the investigation into the incident, McLoughlin accepted he had been very intoxicated and had consumed about one-and-a-half bottles of wine and a few pints and accepted he may have made some inappropriate comments.
He resigned on the day of a disciplinary hearing in September 2005, a month before his contract expired.
Mr Swan read out a statement from Mr A in which he said McLoughlin helped him set up the detox and was ”very encouraging”.
He said McLoughlin was ”hammered” in the pub that day and the incident ”let me down big time”.
Mr A said: ”It was like he did the job so he could get paid at the end of the week.”
Elizabeth Johnson, an area manager for Sheffield Care Trust who led the investigation, read from a statement in which she concluded: ”He was a genuinely nice and committed chap, but with an alcohol problem. The outcome for Mr A was devastating. He was lucky he had his grandmother for support.”
The committee said it was of the view that the evidence of Mr A and his partner was ”reliable” about the offer to buy an alcoholic drink.
It said: ”The committee found, as a fact, that the registrant had been very drunk at the time of the incident and was satisfied, to the required standard, that the witnesses were being truthful when they said that the registrant had offered to buy Mr A a double whisky.”
Newcastle social worker struck off after filming up shopper
20/11/2009
A social worker from Newcastle who modified his tennis bag so he could film up unsuspecting women’s skirts was today removed from the profession by the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Michael Bird, 55 and formerly of Newcastle, adapted a bag for tennis racquets to conceal a digital camera which he then placed under adult female’s skirts in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, River Island and Fenwick Department store in Newcastle’s city centre on the 24 and 25 June 2008. Some of the images were then edited and downloaded onto his home computer and each lasted several minutes.
He received a caution for voyeurism in February of this year after admitting to the offence. He was working for North Tyneside Council at the time of the offence and was dismissed by them in August 2008 following disciplinary proceedings.
Bird did not attend the one-day hearing held in London but in written representations to the GSCC’s conduct committee he admitted the facts. When interviewed by his former employer, he said he had been showing his son how to use a video recorder for a school project. He also said his friend had discussed a voyeuristic website and they were curious as to whether the footage was staged or obtained without the victim’s consent. He later admitted to the police that he did the filming for his own personal sexual gratification. In mitigation at the employer disciplinary hearing he cited deep-seated problems. In mitigation given to the GSCC’s Committee he cited that his curiosity was heightened as he was prevented from testing boundaries as a child due to his strict upbringing as Jehovah Witness.
The Committee said Bird’s behaviour was a ‘violation of the privacy of these four women who doubtless would have been horrified to learn that they had been filmed in such a way’. They noted that a certain amount of planning and sophistication was required to place a camera in a bag in such a way that it could film up skirts and remain hidden. The filming took place on four separate occasions and over two days and demonstrated a pattern of behaviour rather than a one-off. The Committee found that the behaviour amounted to a very clear breach of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers which all social workers sign up to when registering.  They described his actions as both ‘degrading and humiliating.’
In deciding to remove him from the register, the Committee noted his lack of insight which they found surprising given that he had previously been seconded to a joint Police/Social Service Department investigation into historic sexual abuse. In this role he set up a support group for survivors of sexual abuse.
Rosie Varley, Chair of the GSCC, said: “If social workers behave in a way, in or outside of work, which calls into question their suitability to be a social worker we must take action in the interests of public protection.
The majority of social workers on our register act with honesty and integrity at all times to deliver high quality care, and in doing so, act as excellent ambassadors for the profession. Those who behave in a way which jeopardises the public trust and confidence in social work that others have worked so hard to build up must be held to account.”
Convicted social worker removed from register
25/09/2009
A social worker convicted of obtaining property by deception and dishonestly making a false representation for gain has been struck off the Social Care Register by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) for misconduct.
Ms Julie Andrews, age 45, worked as a social worker at the time of her conviction.  The GSCC committee heard details of Ms Andrews’ offences, which included the submission of false financial information to her local authority, in order to maintain the pretence that funds were being used to pay for carers when they were not.  The fraud was committed over a period of two and half years and amounted to over £25,000.
Ms Andrews who was present during the conduct hearing admitted that her convictions amounted to misconduct.  However, she offered mitigating reasons for her actions, some of which the committee agreed to hear in private.  In the public hearing, Ms Andrews pointed to the fact that the dishonesty was unrelated to her work, that she did not target vulnerable individuals, that she had an exemplary record prior to her conviction and she offered to pay the money back.
After consideration of the allegations and Ms Andrews’s rationale for her actions, the committee decided to impose a removal order. They felt that “the high value, the high frequency and the planned nature of the dishonesty”, aggravated the nature of her misconduct.  The committee also considered the protection of the public and the need to maintain confidence in social care workers as factors in reaching their decision.
GSCC Chair, Rosie Varley said “The majority of social workers are scrupulously honest and trustworthy professionals.  The GSCC mandate includes promoting and maintaining high standards amongst social workers.  We will take action against any social worker who does not meet the standards as laid down in the code of practice even if their action does not directly affect service users.”
The sanction has immediate effect and means that the registrant will not be able to practise as a social worker.
Kent social worker removed from Social Care Register
18/09/2009
An independent Committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) yesterday struck off a social worker from Kent after hearing allegations of sexual abuse dating back to the 1980s.
Douglas Makey, aged 49 and from Tonbridge, worked as a Residential Social Worker in a children’s home in Gravesend during the 1980s when the alleged sexual abuse occurred. He was found by the committee to have abused Ms A, when she was around 9 to 10 years old and Ms B, when she was around 10 to 12 years old.  Ms A and Ms B lived at the home during the eighties although not at the same time. Ms A gave evidence to the committee who described her as a convincing and honest witness leaving them ‘in little doubt that what she was saying was true’.
Ms B did not attend the hearing but the committee considered evidence including the statement she gave to the police and letters she wrote at the time.
Mr Makey was not present at the hearing and chose not to be represented.  The allegations, which Makey denied, were investigated by the police in 2006.  The Crown Prosecution Service did not prosecute due to insufficient evidence.
In coming to their decision to remove Makey from the register, the committee said these were ‘very serious findings of sexual abuse of two vulnerable children in a residential care home.’ They described it as ‘abuse carried out for his sexual gratification and at night time.’ The women were described by the committee as young children who were particularly vulnerable and ‘trusted Makey implicitly.’ They said Makey had groomed one of the women with treats and affection and had taken advantage of the other woman’s ‘obvious affection for him’. Mr Makey’s behaviour was of a most serious nature repeated over a prolonged period and against targeted, vulnerable young children in care.
Rosie Varley, Chair of the GSCC, said “People who use services must be able to trust their social worker and have every right to expect them to be of good character, acting in their client’s best interests at all times. The vast majority of social workers are committed to this and the high standards set out in the GSCC’s code of practice. As the regulator of social workers, we will not hesitate to take action against the minority who abuse their position of responsibility and the trust placed in them.”
Social worker struck off register following theft conviction
28/10/2009
A social worker who stole over £50,000 in cash from a charity she worked for has been removed from the profession by an independent committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Mrs Lynne Greenwood, 57, worked as a Service Director in the Manchester office of Creative Support Limited, a charity which provides social care services for people with learning disabilities and other mental health issues. She was convicted at Manchester Crown Court in November 2008 of two counts of theft after being found guilty of stealing £52,742.35 in cash from the charity over a period of 18-20 months. Greenwood was given an 11 months suspended prison term over two years on condition that the money was returned to Creative Support Limited, which she has since done.
Greenwood, who was not present at the GSCC’s hearing, admitted in a letter to the committee that her convictions amounted to misconduct. In mitigation, she said that no service user was directly harmed by her actions and her actions did not reflect negatively on social workers as she was not employed as a social worker at the time.  She added that she was compulsive spender but was receiving help to address these issues.
In finding Greenwood guilty of professional misconduct, the committee said her actions constituted a serious breach of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers. They noted that Greenwood occupied a senior position within the charity and had deprived service users of valuable funds.
In removing her from the register, they cited sections of the code relating to maintaining the trust of service users and upholding confidence in social care services. They said allowing Greenwood to remain on the register after admitting such grave offences of dishonesty would be “wholly inappropriate and disproportionate”. By saying in her letter to the committee that money was not taken directly from service users, Greenwood “failed to demonstrate insight into the seriousness and impact of her actions.”
GSCC Chair, Rosie Varley, said “The vast majority of registered social workers are upright and honest professionals who abide by the law and the GSCC code of practice.  People who use services need to have confidence in social workers. The GSCC must take action against registrants who fail to meet the high standards expected of them in the interest of public protection.”
Social worker struck off after stealing money from service user
08/04/2009
A woman convicted of stealing money from a vulnerable service user has been removed from the Social Care Register by an independent committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Martha Wright, 33 and from Manchester, was employed as a social worker for Trafford Council in their health and disability team when the allegations came to light. Over a period of nine months, Wright stole a total sum of £4,747 from Ms A, an adult user of services who had a mental incapacity. Wright was convicted in Manchester Crown Court on 22 November 2007 of nine counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception and was given a suspended sentence and 240 hours community service.
The GSCC Committee said Wright had significantly abused her position of trust and had caused direct harm to a particularly vulnerable service user who was left with virtually nothing in her bank account.
They said Wright’s behaviour was fundamentally incompatible with continuing to be a registered social worker, and that dishonesty associated with professional practice is so damaging to a person’s suitability to be a social worker and to public confidence in social care services that removal was the only appropriate sanction. She had breached the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers that all social workers sign up to when registering with the GSCC.
Rosie Varley, Chair of the GSCC, said: “In order to maintain public confidence in social workers, they are expected to act with integrity, abiding by the law and the GSCC code of practice. It is of the up most importance that vulnerable people are protected, and we therefore take matters of law breaking by social workers extremely seriously. Thankfully the majority of the 80,000 registered social workers find no difficulty in complying with this, but we will not hesitate to apply the appropriate sanctions if needs be.”
Wright was removed from the register with immediate effect. She has the right of appeal to the independent First-tier Tribunal (Care Standards).
Social worker struck off register following misconduct
05/10/2009
A 65-year-old social worker has been removed from the Social Care Register by an independent committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) for misconduct.
During the four-day hearing, the committee heard allegations that Rosalind Shaw, who worked for the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s Intermediate Care Assessment Team (ICAT) based at Whipps Cross hospital, failed to meet standards of practice required as a social worker.  The allegations included: failure to assess users of services in accordance with employer requirements; failure to report an allegation of abuse by a carer through the proper procedure; an inability to handle confidential patient information safely; and acting without management consultation.
Shaw did not attend the hearing at which the committee heard from several witnesses including Ms Shaw’s ICAT manager, who attested to her inability to adhere to correct procedures as set out in the code of practice for social workers, as well as to follow management instructions.
The committee concluded that in view of the persistent and serious nature of Rosalind Shaw’s behaviour and in order to protect the public, she should be removed from the Register.  In reaching their decision, the committee highlighted the fact that Rosalind Shaw had “consistently failed to follow national standards and local procedures”.  Her behaviour had an adverse impact on the performance and effectiveness of colleagues and staff in other agencies as well as failing to safeguard people who use services.
The GSCC’s Chair, Rosie Varley, said: “When social workers register with the General Social Care Council, they agree to abide by a code of practice. The vast majority of social workers practice in accordance with the code, but where someone has failed to maintain standards of practice, the GSCC will take action to ensure standards are upheld and public confidence is maintained”
The sanction has immediate effect and means that the registrant will not be able to practise as a social worker.
Social worker struck off after conning teenage girls into posing topless
04/08/2009
A man from West Yorkshire has been removed from the register of social workers by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) after encouraging vulnerable teenagers known to his youth offending team to pose naked.
Christopher Hardman, 55, from Batley, West Yorkshire, was employed by Kirklees Metropolitan Council as a team leader in their Youth Offending Team when he sent text messages and letters to a number of young women attached to the service.
Acting as ‘Sue’, ‘Ayesha’, ‘Jane Attwood’ and ‘Peter’ from ‘Vamp model agency’ he asked the girls, some as young as 16, to attend lingerie, topless and nude photo shoots in exchange for money.
Claiming to be from ‘Image Creations’, he also targeted another woman, aged over 18, who was the daughter of one of his work colleagues. She and four of the service users attended photographic sessions arranged by Hardman, who was acting under an alias. In February 2006, police searched his house after these allegations were made and he was found to be in possession of cannabis for which he accepted a formal caution.
Hardman admitted a statement of the facts which the committee found supported the allegation and admitted that his actions amounted to misconduct. He did not attend the hearing, held today (Tuesday) in central London.
Rosie Varley, Chair of the GSCC, said: “Social work relies on the existence of a wholly professional relationship, in circumstances in which users of services have little choice but to be trusting. The vast majority of social workers, and there are almost 80,000 on our register, have no difficulty with this because they are absolutely committed to working in the best interest of the service user at all times.
People who need social care services have the right to be protected from social workers who seriously abuse the trust placed in them, for the purpose of sexual gratification or for any other purpose. A social worker who abuses this trust should forfeit the privileges which come with registration and be removed from the workforce.”
Hardman, who resigned from Kirklees in 2007 and has not worked as a social worker since, was removed from the register with immediate effect and will not be able to practise as a social worker. He has the right of appeal to the independent First-tier Tribunal (Care Standards)
Social worker struck off after daughter is seriously injured
19/11/2009
A social worker who failed to seek immediate medical attention for her toddler and lied to doctors about how her injuries occurred has been removed from the profession by the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons and was referred to as Ms C during the two-day hearing, was also found to have had a heroin addiction which she did not disclose to her employer.
On 7 March 2008, Ms C’s 13-month-old daughter was admitted to hospital with what doctors described as ‘life threatening injuries’ which were caused by the child’s father. The medical evidence showed she had a perforated intestine, which led to peritonitis which was consistent with blows to her abdomen. She also had serious bruising to her back and the doctors found an older fracture to a bone in her skull. The father has since been convicted of grievous bodily harm and was jailed for two years.
The Committee, which met over two days in London, heard that Ms C did not seek immediate medical attention for the child when she discovered she was unwell. Ms C, who did not attend the hearing or provide mitigation, later failed to provide a truthful account to the doctors of how her daughter’s injuries occurred, thereby jeopardising her health, and gave untrue evidence to an unnamed County Court in order to protect the child’s father.
They also heard evidence from a representative of Ms C’s employer who conducted an investigation after discovering her use of heroin and methadone. The local authority, which also cannot be named, found she failed to disclose her addiction on their pre-employment health questionnaire and during the term of her employment there, between January 2006 and 3 December 2007. She worked in adult services.
In removing Ms C from the register and barring her from practice, the committee found that she lied to protect her partner at the expense of her daughter’s wellbeing and health. They noted that a delayed diagnosis potentially threatened the child’s life. She showed a persistent lack of insight into the seriousness of her actions and continuing and profound dishonesty. Her actions demonstrated  a clear departure from the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers which all social workers sign up to.
Rosie Varley, Chair of the GSCC, said: “People who use services need to have confidence that social workers are committed to ensuring their welfare and safety and that of others. The majority of the 93,000 social workers on our register do not think twice about doing this.
Social worker struck off register for offering whisky to ‘recovering alcoholic’
09/11/2009
A social worker who offered whisky to a client he helped through detox has been removed from the Social Care Register by an independent committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Craig McLoughlin, 54, who was employed by Sheffield City Council was found to have offered to buy Mr A, a user of services, an alcoholic drink despite knowing that he had been through detox for alcohol dependency. McLoughlin was drunk at the time and said to Mr A, whose father had passed away, words to the effect of “don’t worry about your Dad; I’ll be your Dad” and then went on to disclose to other people in the pub that he was Mr A’s social worker.
McLoughlin, who was not present at the two-day hearing, had previously admitted in a witness statement dated 16 August 2005 that he had “abused his position as a social care worker” and “made some inappropriate comments”. He also accepted that he had a “drinking problem”.
In finding McLoughlin guilty of professional misconduct, the committee said there had been a “serious departure” from the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers which all social workers sign up to as a condition of registration. They cited sections of the code relating to maintaining the trust of people who use services and upholding confidence in social care services.
The committee was of the view that McLoughlin’s problem with alcohol meant that he would continue to pose a risk to people who use services until he had addressed the problem. There was no evidence before the committee to show that he had sought professional help and that he no longer had an alcohol problem.
The committee was particularly influenced by the fact that McLoughlin had disclosed confidential information and had behaved in a manner that would have caused considerable harm to Mr A had he not been strong willed.
However, they did take into account the mitigating factors set out in McLoughlin’s witness statement as well as his previous good record.
Rosie Varley, Chair of the GSCC, said: “Social workers have a duty to act in the interest of service users at all times and should avoid any situations that may be harmful to the service user. The GSCC exists to ensure public protection and to promote high standards among social workers and will take action against those who do not abide by the Code of Practice. The vast majority of social workers comply with our codes and work hard to support vulnerable people on a daily basis.”
Mr McLoughlin was removed from the register with immediate effect. He has the right of appeal to the Health, Education and Social Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal.
Waltham Forest social worker removed from the register
18/02/2008
A social worker who worked for Waltham Forest Borough Council has been removed from the Social Care Register at a hearing held by the General Social Care Council (GSCC), after being found guilty of professional misconduct.
At the four day hearing in London, Tricia Forbes admitted failing to initiate a child protection inquiry after a 13 year old girl said she had been physically abused by her father. Forbes, who at the time was a deputy team manager, failed to arrange for the child and her siblings to be accommodated overnight in a place of safety and did not inform the police, child protection response unit and partner agencies of the disclosure.
The hearing was also told that the social worker dropped the child off at the side of the road without conducting a risk assessment and failed to accompany another member of staff to meet the girl’s parents, despite being directed to do so by her manager. At a meeting convened after the child was admitted to hospital, which Forbes chaired, she did not inform colleagues of her involvement in the case. The Committee felt in doing so, the registrant had put her own interests above that of the child and this was ‘inexcusable’.
The Committee concluded that the actions taken by Forbes had put the child at serious risk. In coming to their decision, the Committee noted that the social worker had provided contradictory accounts of her involvement in the case and was not satisfied that she had demonstrated a consistent insight into her failings. At times, they said, she had demonstrated a defensive attitude and was seeking to shift responsibility onto others when giving evidence at the hearing. Forbes was also found to have not recorded her actions in the child’s file, breaching a fundamental principle of social work practice.
Sir Rodney Brooke, Chair of the GSCC, said: “Fortunately, professional negligence in social work is very rare and the tens of thousands of social workers registered with us provide only the highest standards of care to vulnerable members of our society.
In order to protect the reputation of the very many social workers who do an outstanding job day in day out, it’s vital that we take action where misconduct has been found. By addressing poor practice where we find it, we hope to be able to preserve trust in the profession and ensure public confidence.”
Removal from the register means that the registrant will not be able to practice as a social worker. Registrants have a right of appeal to the independent Care Standards Tribunal
Social worker struck off after failing to protect 13-month-old toddler who was beaten to death
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Killed: Aaron Gilbert died from brain damage after he was attacked by Andrew Lloyd in 2006. His social worker Eleni Cordingley was struck off after failing to protect him
A social worker has been struck off over the brutal murder of a toddler whose injuries left him looking ‘like the Elephant Man’.
Social services official Eleni Cordingley was banned from working after failing to protect 13-month-old Aaron Gilbert from his mother’s brutal boyfriend.
Mrs Cordingley failed to follow proper child protection procedures which could have saved little Aaron from his savage beatings.
A conduct hearing was told Aaron died from brain damage after he was attacked by his mother’s boyfriend Andrew Lloyd.
One neighbour later told police that Aaron was so deformed by his injuries before his death that he ‘looked like the Elephant Man’.
In 2006 Lloyd was jailed for a minimum of 24 years for the baby’s murder and mother Rebecca Lewis became the first British woman to be convicted of allowing her child to be murdered by a violent partner.
She was jailed for six years for familial homicide by failing to protect her child.
Social services in Swansea, South Wales, had two anonymous calls from the same ‘whistle blower’ with fears about Aaron’s safety.
But Cordingley failed to respond properly to protect Aaron – when alarm bells should have rung.
A conduct hearing told Cordingley: ‘By exercising extremely poor judgement you failed to work in a safe and effective way.
‘The misconduct admitted in this case is considered to be so serious that removal from the register is the only appropriate sanction.
‘This is necessary for the protection of the public and to uphold the public interest in maintaining confidence in social care services.’
Jailed: Rebecca Lewis, pictured with Aaron, became the first woman in Britain to be jailed for allowing her child to be murdered by Lloyd, right
Aaron was beaten to death by Lloyd, 23, after social workers, police and health service staff missed repeated chances to prevent the tragedy.
Lewis, 21, regularly watched Lloyd beat the little boy – causing more than 50 injuries.   She once saw him pick up Aaron by his ears and throw him across the room.
Bullying Lloyd would swear at the boy and blow smoke into his face. He once promised ‘to smash your little head in’.
Lloyd would flick the baby’s ears and feet, making him scream in pain, and Aaron would ‘shiver in fright’ at the sight of him. Lewis also said she saw Lloyd swing the child around violently by the ankles.
Sharon Hurlow, 53, rang Swansea social services twice in a week when she noticed  13-month-old Aaron had alarming bruises on his body.
She said: ‘I feel like we’ve finally won. I tried to warn social services, but nothing happened.
‘Little Aaron would be running around now, off to school, if people had listened to me.
‘Instead, he’s in a small dark grave all alone – his little body black and blue.
‘You think that if you see a child being hurt and have the guts to report it, then something will be done.’
Aaron’s father Gareth Gilbert said: ‘I am pleased to hear about this. I agree with every word of the judgment.
‘Nothing will ever replace Aaron. But I think this person involved should make an apology to me personally.’
Mrs Cordingely was removed from the social worker register at the hearing by the Care Council for Wales Conduct Committee Hearing in Cardiff.
A Swansea council spokesman said: ‘The death of Aaron Gilbert in 2005 was a terrible tragedy and Swansea council is very sorry that it happened.
‘Following the care council’s decision we have taken immediate steps to suspend the social worker.
‘We will also need to consider what further action may be necessary in the light of the evidence and outcome of the care council hearing.
‘It found that prior to the first anonymous phone call, Aaron was not known to social services. He was not on the at-risk register.
‘However, it concluded that all the agencies involved with the family had important lessons to learn and made recommendations on how these should be implemented.’
The council said more than £350,000 has been spent in the last year to recruit extra social workers.
Paedophile social worker is struck off
8:56am Saturday 23rd January 2010
By Jim Entwistle »
A MAN responsible for the welfare of vulnerable North-East children has been struck off as a social worker for sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl.
Convicted paedophile Dwight McGuire worked in Darlington for four years, although his offence was committed some years before he moved to the town.
Yesterday, more details of his crimes came to light at a hearing of the General Social Care Council, in London.
It emerged that the 41-yearold American, who moved to Darlington after he secured a job as a social worker with Darlington Borough Council, had exposed himself to his victim numerous times, before indecently touching her while masturbating.
McGuire was sentenced to a year in jail in May last year after he admitted gross sexual imposition, although a search of the US sex offenders’ register revealed he is now a free man. He is listed as living in a village in Montana.
He was detained by officials at an airport in Minnesota in January last year, after his victim, who is now an adult, told police of her ordeal. The incidents happened in 1988 and 1989 while McGuire was a student. Yesterday’s committee heard that after she told police, the girl phoned McGuire in Darlington to obtain an admission from him.
With police listening in, McGuire confessed.
He was arrested shortly after when he returned to the US to visit his dying father.
Committee chairwoman Jeanette Cragg said: “This was a serious departure from the code of conduct, and confidence in social services would be undermined if he was allowed to continue as a social worker.”
Mrs Cragg said McGuire’s conduct was aggravated by a breach of trust, because the incidents were over a prolonged period and because in 2007, when the girl told the police about it, she was still deeply affected.
An investigation found no evidence that McGuire had committed any offence while working in Darlington.
Social worker struck off for inaction
Joy Coles, 55, from Leicester ‘was dishonest’ and did not allocate cases to be investigated
John Carvel, social affairs editor
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A senior social worker has been struck off the professional register for putting children at risk by failing to allocate 90 cases for investigation.
The General Social Care Council (GSCC) said Joy Coles, 55, a team manager in the duty and assessment service at Leicester council’s children’s department, knowingly misled her managers about the number of unallocated cases, and backdated closing dates of other cases to cover her tracks.
In one instance, she took no action into allegations of physical abuse towards children in a family. The children were eventually put on the child protection register, but the committee said the delay could have put the children at risk of harm.
The GSCC said Coles also failed to allocate other child protection cases that should have been dealt with urgently. Her behaviour “called into question her suitability to remain on the register and also harmed the reputation and standing of the social care profession.”
Coles was a team manager in Leicester for four years to November 2005.
The GSCC added: “By her persistent inaction and failures she placed children at risk of harm. She failed to safeguard vulnerable children. She was a team manager responsible for allocating cases and fundamentally failed in this regard.”
Coles breached the code of practice for social care workers because “she put service users at risk, was dishonest, failed to communicate with managers about these issues, and was unreliable and lacked dependability.”
Rosie Varley, chair of the GSCC, said: “All social workers sign up to a code of practice when they register with us and the majority of the 95,000 people on the social care register find no difficulty with being honest and upholding public confidence in the profession. It is vital that social workers do all they can to protect vulnerable people. Any concerns raised about a child’s welfare should be taken seriously by a social worker, and we will take the appropriate action if we think children have been let down and put at further risk.”
Coles has a right of appeal to an independent tribunal.
Barneley social worker struck off for suggestive comments
Published Date: 19 January 2010
A FORMER senior social worker from Barnsley was struck off the professional register for misconduct today.
Douglas Adams was assistant director of children’s services at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council when he made a series of comments to four female colleagues, some of which were of a sexual nature, the General Social Care Council heard.
He was
dismissed from his post in 2006 following a disciplinary investigation into a complaint made by one of the women, a pregnant administrative worker who said Adams suggested she should have an abortion.
The 56-year-old from Nottingham did not attend the two-day hearing in central London.
Allegations that Adams had a conversation with the pregnant woman, known as Ms D, during which he told her “it would be easy to have an abortion because her pregnancy was not that far gone” were found proved, along with other comments including suggesting she would end up with no job and would lose her figure.
In its decision, the conduct panel stated: “Although Ms D’s evidence was hearsay, when he was interviewed by Ms (Deborah) Lightfoot on June 8 2006 the registrant did not deny the specific allegations which now form the basis of the formal allegation for the present proceedings.
“Further, he did not deny the specific allegations during the course of his disciplinary hearing on August 2 2006.
“The committee was impressed by the fact that Ms D herself did not appear to be motivated by malice or personal gain and did not wish the registrant to get into trouble.”
Adams, who lost an appeal against his dismissal by Barnsley council, suggested during inquiries into Ms D’s complaint that he had been trying to “shock” her into acknowledging the difficulties she could face as a young mother, the hearing was told.
The evidence of another woman, Ms A, that Adams told her he could imagine her in a “Miss Whiplash” outfit was also found proved.
Adams was meanwhile found to have told Ms A that an administrative worker – Ms B – was “completely off her head” and “all over the place” because she was undergoing fertility treatment.
According to the GSCC, Adams whispered an obscene comment into the ear of another female colleague – Ms C – during an office Christmas meal.
Suspending Adams from the GSCC register would not have been a sufficient sanction, according to the conduct committee.
In its decision it said “the right of potential colleagues to protection from abuse was more important than the registrant’s own fortunes” and said Adams had shown “little insight into his repeated failings”.
“The committee took into account evidence of the registrant’s previous good character and some evidence of the registrant’s apologies to Ms A,” the decision stated.
“The committee also took into account the registrant’s acknowledgement that his conversation with Ms D had been highly inappropriate.
“However, the committee was not satisfied that the registrant’s proven behaviour was unlikely to be repeated.”
The panel, chaired by Barry Picken, concluded: “The committee found that the registrant’s behaviour demonstrated a blatant disregard for the values of social care standards set out in the code of practice for social care workers and that a removal order was the only proportionate sanction in the circumstances of this case.”
Social worker struck off for deception over house
BY CALUM ROSS
Published: 26/01/2010
A NORTH-EAST social worker has been struck off after claiming his son was a heroin user in order to have him moved into a house earmarked for ex-offenders.
Scottish social work regulators ruled that Edward Evans “seriously abused his position” in Aberdeen as a senior member of community safety charity Sacro.
It follows a disciplinary hearing which heard he had assigned his son a temporary home in the city despite not meeting the criteria.
Mr Evans, of Piper Place, Portlethen, moved his son to the front of Sacro’s waiting list by claiming he was embroiled in a “personal crisis” and was “frequently smoking heroin”. He went on to try to secure the property permanently for his son, attempting to hide his actions from colleagues in the process.
A Scottish Social Services Council disciplinary panel found he had committed misconduct by engaging “in a course of deception over a lengthy period” in securing an advantage for his son to which he was not entitled.
It said: “The registrant occupied a senior position of trust but seriously abused that position and the trust placed in him.”
Mr Evans refused to comment when asked about the findings by the Press and Journal.
The name and the address of the son in question are not known.
Mr Evans had been employed as a team leader at Sacro’s supported accommodation service in Aberdeen since November, 2006.
He was suspended by Sacro in October, 2008, pending an investigation into the claims and resigned five weeks later before the disciplinary proceedings had concluded.
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A spokesman for Sacro, which runs 25 tenancies for former offenders in the city, said: “Sacro follows robust disciplinary policies and procedures and places a high priority on the conduct of its staff.
“These policies and procedures are in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its staff, service users and the public.
“In the case referred to, Sacro immediately notified the Scottish Social Services Council of the suspension of an employee and have at all times assisted the council fully with their investigation of this case.”
The tenancy allocated by Mr Evans was provided by Aberdeen City Council, which contracts Sacro to help former offenders resettle in the community.
A spokesman for the local authority said: “Aberdeen City Council supports the work of the Scottish Social Services Council and the prompt action taken by Sacro.”
The social services council’s chief executive, Anna Fowlie, said: “It is essential that social workers act with integrity and honesty at all times.
“Mr Evans failed to follow procedures which are designed to promote and safeguard the wellbeing and safety of people who use services.”
Birmingham social worker struck off after failing to declare conviction
Jan 20 2010
An experienced social worker from Birmingham has been struck off after she failed to declare she had been convicted of theft.
The General Social Care Council (GSCC) also accepted an allegation that Verona Reeves threatened her landlords and the couple’s children.
A GSCC conduct committee said Reeves’ behaviour amounted to misconduct and said “such a grave case” necessitated her removal from the professional register.
The 48-year-old from Birmingham was convicted on December 18, 2006, at Dudley Magistrates’ Court of one count of theft of a credit card, two counts of theft from cash machines and four counts of obtaining property by deception. A further 22 offences were taken into consideration, the GSCC heard.
The committee found Reeves failed to inform the GSCC of her criminal record when she applied for registration with the regulator.
She also continued to work for Birmingham City Council until May 2008 despite having her registration suspended for six months in March 2008. Reeves’s dishonesty was “deliberate, systematic and prolonged” the committee concluded.
The allegation that she told her landlords words to the effect of “I know where you live and I know where your kids go to school and they better watch out” in June 2006 was also considered misconduct as the committee said it was “such seriously inappropriate behaviour for a member of the social work profession”.
Neil Grant, presenting the case for the GSCC, said Reeves was a senior and experienced practitioner, particularly in the area of mental health, who had obtained a diploma in social work in 1989.
Between 1989 and 2003 she worked as a social worker in Birmingham and London, latterly at Enfield Council, but left to become a full-time mother in August 2003.
Mr Grant said, while it was not clear precisely when Reeves returned to work, by May 2007 she was employed by Birmingham City Council via the Bluecare recruitment agency but failed to mention her convictions when going through the GSCC registration process. Reeves, who did not attend the hearing, has 28 days to appeal.
Social worker is struck off for relationship with client
Published Date: 01 May 2009
By Tara Dundon
A SENIOR social worker who fathered two children with one of his vulnerable clients has been struck off.
A two-day General Social Care Council hearing heard that Richard Clasby (46) physically and sexually abused the woman during a four-year affair.
He admitted one allegation – that he had told her he would lose his job if she exposed their relationship – but was also accused of 11 offences related to drugs, aggressive behaviour, verbal abuse, threats to suffocate their child and demands for sex.
The hearing was told the pair entered into an affair and the woman, who cannot be named, claimed during their four years together he bullied her into silence and threatened to suffocate their children and commit suicide if their relationship was made public.
The committee found all the allegations had been proven.
In a joint statement, chief executive, of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust Karen Bell and Cambridgeshire County Council’s executive director of community and adult services Rod Craig said: “This kind of behaviour will never be tolerated.
“We will do everything we can to ensure that such an incident does not happen again in Cambridgeshire.”
Social worker in breach is struck off
Published Date: 04 February 2008
By Alison Bellamy
A SOCIAL worker from Leeds has been removed from the Social Care Register at a hearing held by the General Social Care Council (GSCC), after being found to have breached the code of practice.
Alan Rhodes, who was employed by Leeds City Council, was found guilty of misconduct by the committee for forming an inappropriate personal relationship with a person who uses services.
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children, who had been on the Child Protection Register.
The Committee heard that two of the children were moved to live with their father in Scotland without the knowledge of social services in Leeds or East Renfrewshire.
Rhodes had played a part in the move and was aware child protection procedures should have been followed.
Despite being suspended by Leeds City Council at the time, the Council decided that Rhodes had a responsibility to inform social services in Leeds about the move.
As a social worker with years of experience, he would have been aware of the risks involved in moving children without the correct procedures being followed. The children were later placed in care in Scotland.
The Committee concluded that Alan Rhodes’ behaviour fell far below the standards expected of a registered social worker.
They were particularly concerned by his failure to make the welfare of the children paramount.
The Committee also noted he had displayed no insight or remorse in disciplinary interviews, in the intervening period or in communications with the GSCC.
Sir Rodney Brooke, Chair of the GSCC, said: “When people become social care workers and register with the General Social Care Council, they agree to abide by a set of rules set out in our codes of practice.”
Abusive social worker Stanley Lansdell struck off
Jan 8 2010 by Sophie Doughty, The Journal
A SOCIAL worker who swore at a vulnerable child and sexually harassed a member of his family has been struck off.
Stanley Lansdell of Chester-le-Street, County Durham, used false references when applying for work through a specialist recruitment agency.
And after getting a position with a council in Yorkshire, he went on to verbally abuse a child in his care with cruel taunts and sent the youngster’s cousin perverted text messages.
The 52-year-old was yesterday removed from the Social Care Register after a hearing in London heard these and a catalogue of other allegations relating to his professional conduct.
The General Social Care Council’s conduct committee was told how, after getting a job with Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Mr Lansdell was charged with the care of a 13-year-old boy, known as Child F.
On one occasion he phoned the vulnerable youngster, who had a tendency to cross-dress, told him to “get lost”, swore at him and called him “gay”.
He told Child F that no one would believe him if he made a complaint and that he would be taken into care. The social worker also made highly inappropriate remarks to a member of Child F’s family.
He sexually harassed an 18-year-old woman, who he met through his work with the child, telephoning her in the middle of the night and sending her highly inappropriate text messages.
Mr Lansdell also preyed on another woman, who was in his care. He visited her home on several occasions, staying for more than two hours.
On one occasion he repeatedly told the woman she should not stay in the flat, and invited her to stay with him, telling her she could have a bath at his home.
After a two-day hearing, which Mr Lansdell did not attend, the committee determined he was guilty of misleading his employers and breaching professional boundaries while working for Bradford Social Services between February 2006 and April 2007. The committee agreed he had committed other blunders, such as failing to keep up-to-date files and giving misleading evidence in court.
Mr Lansdell was also accused of verbally abusing a colleague while working in a previous role at Darlington Borough Council, swearing at her and calling her fat.
The committee decided Mr Lansdell should be removed from the social work register immediately, saying he had serious attitude and personality problems and had grossly abused the trust of those he was supposed to be looking after.
Smethwick social worker faces being struck off after intimidation claims
Dec 7 2009 by Ben Goldby, Sunday Mercury
A SOCIAL worker accused by her neighbours of threatening their children could be struck off.
Verona Reeves, from Smethwick, West Midlands, who has previous convictions for theft, will go before the General Social Care Council’s (GSCC) panel in London to face charges that she intimidated the youngsters in front of their mum and dad.
She is accused of telling two parents in June 2006: “I know where you live and I know where your kids go to school, and they better watch out.”
Ms Reeves also faces action over criminal charges brought in December 2006 for theft and obtaining property by deception, and her failure to inform the GSCC about criminal proceedings against her.
She was convicted by Dudley Magistrates Court on December 18, 2006, of stealing a Mint credit card, stealing £300 in cash, buying clothes with the stolen credit card, stealing £200 from Royal Bank of Scotland and buying £190 of shopping at Tesco with the stolen card.
Her failure to inform the GSCC of her convictions means that she faces charges of dishonesty when she goes before the disciplinary board.
It also emerged last night that Reeves was suspended in March, 2008, for six months following another hearing, but continued working for Birmingham City Council until the following May, flouting the GSCC’s ruling.
A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: “Until the GSCC hearing has been dealt with it would not be appropriate for us to comment on any of the details surrounding this case.”
Ms Reeves had been due to face a full hearing of the GSCC’s independent conduct committee tomorrow, but the case has now been postponed while she consults with her legal team. The panel could strike her off the GSCC register or suspend her from practising as a social worker.
A spokeswoman for the GSCC said: “To work as a social worker you must be registered with the GSCC, and we have an independent conduct committee which will review who is, or is not, suitable to stay on that register.”
In October a government review into Birmingham City Council’s social services department branded it “not fit for purpose”.
The inquiry was commissioned after eight children known to social services died in the space of just four years, including seven year-old Khyra Ishaq, from Handsworth, who was found starved to death last year.
Councillor Les Lawrence, cabinet member for children, young people and families, claims that more social workers have now been recruited.
Social worker struck off after child sex offences
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Published Date: 17 July 2009
A SOCIAL worker has been struck off after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.
Kevin Mence (43), formerly of Walter Howes Crescent, Middleton, was employed as a social worker by Cambridgeshire County Council when the allegations came to light.
This week he was removed from the Social Care Register by an independent committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Mence was jailed in November last year after Norwich Crown Court convicted him of twice sexually assaulting the girl, who was not his client.
He was also convicted of making indecent images of a child and possessing over 700 indecent images of children, some of which he distributed.
He was jailed for 16 months, placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years and issued with a Disqualification Order preventing him from working with children.
The GSCC committee found Mence guilty of serious misconduct and said his offending behaviour represented a serious departure from the relevant standards in the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers that all social workers sign up to when they register with the GSCC.
It said that in order to protect vulnerable people and uphold public confidence in social care services the only appropriate sanction was immediate removal from the register.
Rosie Varley, chair of the GSCC, said: “All social workers have a responsibility to act appropriately and with integrity, abiding by the law and the GSCC code of practice.
“Thankfully the majority of the 80,000 registered social workers find no difficulty in complying with this. In order to maintain the safety of vulnerable people we take all matters of law breaking by social workers extremely seriously, and will not hesitate to apply the appropriate sanctions.”
Mence waived his right to attend the GSCC hearing.
He was removed from the register with immediate effect.
Social Worker Struck Off After Biting Son
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Article from May 2, 2004
Woman whose sons were placed on protection register should not be in position of responsibility for other children, panel rules.
A children’s social worker was struck off the professional register today after biting her son while under the influence of alcohol. The General Social Care Council (GSCC) said it could not name the individual or reveal the local authority where she worked. It received medical evidence that she suffered from an abnormal personality and longstanding mental health issues.
The case was heard in private by a conduct committee in Birmingham, under rules that guaranteed the social worker’s anonymity. She did not attend. The committee accepted evidence that the woman’s two sons were considered at risk of emotional abuse and placed on the child protection register for 11 weeks in 2003.
The council said “Ms X” had two convictions in 2004 for failing to give blood samples to police after being stopped while driving. She was dismissed by one local authority in May 2005, but did not admit the fact when she applied successfully for a social work job with another authority a few months later.
During 2006, her sons were placed on the child protection register for three months on the grounds that they were at risk of physical harm, and for a further six months on the grounds that they were at risk of emotional harm.
Last year, while drunk, she bit her 16-year-old son on the arm. As a result, her 13-month-old grandchild, who lived with her, was made subject of a child protection plan under the category of “at risk of physical abuse”.
The GSCC decided she should not be allowed to have responsibility for protecting other people’s children when she could not look after her own.
It said: “The committee decided that the behaviour of Ms X was so serious that the only appropriate sanction was removal from the register. The allegation consisted of 26 separate parts, all of a serious nature, which were repeated over a prolonged period and there was a significant risk of repeating behaviour.”
Ms X was removed from the register immediately and can no longer practise social work, but she has a right of appeal to an independent tribunal.
Rosie Varley, chairwoman of the GSCC, said: “All social workers sign up to a code of practice when they register with us and the majority of the 95,000 people on the social care register find no difficulty in complying with this, providing high-quality care to the hundreds of thousands of people who use services.
“It is vital in order to preserve public confidence in those services that we address misconduct and take appropriate action against those who commit it.”
As a regulator, the GSCC’s role is to safeguard public protection. If a social worker’s behaviour, in or outside work, calls into question their judgement, honesty or commitment to helping others we must take action. We do this in order to ensure that only those who are fit, trained and committed to putting the interests of service users first are able to practise as social workers.”
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By Colin Drury
A FORMER Calderdale Council social services chief has been charged with 13 sex offences allegedly carried out against teenage boys in the 1960s and 70s.
Three of the offences relate to incidents when Dr Rod Ryall is believed to have been a Scout leader at Sowerby Bridge.
The other 13 concern his time as a master at the former Aycliffe Approved School in County Durham before he moved to Calderdale.
Dr Ryall, a 67-year-old Oxford graduate, spent 14 years with Calderdale Council between 1974 to 1988. He lived at Scar Bottom Lane, Greetland.
He was arrested in June.
Yesterday Durham Police said: “A 67- year-old man from Mirfield has been charged with 13 sex offences.”
He will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court on October 15.
Exclusive: Secret list of rogue social workers booted for crime, corruption and porn
Jul 19 2009 Russell Findlay, Sunday Mail

A DOZEN rogue social workers who cared for Scotland’s most vulnerable people have been secretly struck off.

A Sunday Mail investigation today reveals a shocking catalogue of criminality, corruption and incompetence in social services.
One worker was struck off for running a stolen car racket and another for possessing child porn.
Catherine Watt was struck off for life after being sacked as manager of Ramsay House children’s home in Clydebank for health and safety, financial and management failings.
She also “obtained a management qualification by deceit” and breached West Dunbartonshire Council’s dignity at work policy.
She was struck off by the Scottish Social Services Council, set up to regulate the profession in 2001. Watt said: “I deny all the allegations. I had 37 years of unblemished service and then this happened.
“My former employers did a very good job on me.”
Also given a life ban was Darren MacDonald, who “placed children at risk of harm” by botching 10 cases in Fife.
Yesterday, married dad-of-three MacDonald, 30, claimed he had been “let down” by his former bosses at Fife Council.
MacDonald, who compiled risk assessments on vulnerable children in Glenrothes, said: “I had been off with stress but they showed me no support.
“They should have helped me instead of disciplining me.
“It was my first job in social work and I was looking at about 30 cases at any one time.
“I accepted there were failings on my part. I was struggling to tie up my cases and my bosses said children were being put at risk.”
Others struck off this year are Karen Taylor, Catherine Forrest and Patricia Higgins, all of Glasgow, and John Donnelly, of North Lanarkshire.
Taylor failed to “adhere to her employers’ absence management procedures and policies”.
Donnelly failed to provide appropriate care for “vulnerable adults to their detriment”.
Student social worker Forrest was banned for “dishonesty and plagiarism” in relation to university course material.
And residential childcare worker Higgins failed to adhere to her “employers’ reporting practices and procedures”.
The most high-profile social workers struck off are Kevin Glancy, 46, and Jackie McIlhargey, 44.
Glancy – who worked with vulnerable children and families in Edinburgh – was jailed last year for having child porn.
Fostering manager McIlhargey was struck off after the Sunday Mail revealed she ran a stolen car factory in Plains near Airdrie.
Four more social workers have been struck off and, in the next month, four others face SSSC disciplinary hearings.
They are Alan Mann, Glasgow, Margaret Gribbon, Clydebank, Derek Horrobin, Moray, and Heather Clark, Aberdeen.
Mann is accused of using “inappropriate and degrading language” to a young client then criticising them for complaining.
Deputy children’s home manager Gribbon was sacked by West Dunbartonshire Council two years ago. She is accused of 12 breaches of SSSC code of practice.
They include failing to be “honest and trustworthy” and failing to comply with health and safety policies “including those relating to substance abuse”.
Horrobin, of Buckie, Banffshire, worked part-time with children and families for Moray Council.
He faces an SSSC rap for breaking the rules by running three licensed premises. In April, his licences were suspended for Bubbles nightclub in Buckie, Republica in Elgin and the Ben Aigen Arms in Mosstodloch.
Grampian Police told councillors Horrobin had “a total disregard for the law” following violence and under-age drinking at Bubbles.
Clark, 51, is accused of failing six vulnerable families and was sacked in March by Aberdeen City Council.
The 12 breaches of the SSSC code of practice she faces include not being “honest and trustworthy”.
She is also accused of failing to “minimise the risks of service users” harming themselves or others. Clark claims she and her colleagues were under such massive pressure they were all behind with records.
She said: “They are making me out to be dishonest. I’ve nothing to hide but with no records I have nothing to back myself up.”
The SSSC began holding disciplinary hearings three years ago. Since then, 19 social workers have been found guilty with 12 being struck off.
Despite rooting out rogues, there are concerns that the SSSC keeps the public in the dark.
They have previously refused to reveal any details about what sacked staff were found guilty of. Only in the past nine months have they begun to release basic details.
But the public information is much less than that given by the English equivalent, the General Social Care Council.
Respected Fife-based social work expert Alyson Leslie has been involved in four serious case reviews in England in the past year.
Alyson, who chairs the General Medical Council’s disciplinary hearings, said: “The Scottish system is behind its English counterpart in terms of the information it makes available publicly about the nature of allegations and the facts found proved or not proved.
“It is perfectly possible to provide this information without compromising client confidentiality.
“Hard-working, hard-pressed, honest professionals don’t want the safety of the public or the reputation of the profession compromised by the small number of individuals who act unprofessionally or deliver poor standards.”
Sssc chief executive Carole Wilkinson said: “Registration of the workforce is good news.
“This gives more protection to those people who use social care services, many of whom are the most vulnerable people in society and deserve the highest standards of care.
“We still have a way to go to get all care workers on the register.”
Social workers ‘drugs claim’
Chris Osuh
JUNE 15, 2009
TWO social workers have been arrested amid claims that one of them tried to sell cocaine to cops at a police party.
The women – who were employed by Manchester council – are alleged to have openly used cocaine in front of officers.
And one of them is said to have offered to sell some of the drug to them.
Now, one of the women, who was employed through an agency, has been sacked. The other has been suspended pending an internal investigation.
The party was held by Greater Manchester Police for people involved in child protection work. Social workers were invited.
It is understood that days later police searched Elizabeth House, a children’s services district office in Openshaw, and another district office in Manchester in front of shocked staff.
It is believed that sincein the aftermath of the arrests, senior management have been overseeing work in both premises.
Pauline Newman, director of children’s services at Manchester council, said: “A member of social work staff has been suspended pending investigation into allegations involving drug misuse during an after-hours staff celebration away from the office.
The allegations are also subject to a police investigation.
“The allegations also involved an agency worker whose contract has now been terminated. We expect the highest standards of behaviour from our staff and our actions reflect that we take these allegations very seriously.”
The women could face further disciplinary action from their profession’s regulatory body, the General Social Care Council.
Greater Manchester Police said:“On Thursday May 28 2009, police in north Manchester arrested two women on suspicion of drugs offences.
“A 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession and supply of a class A drug.
“A 31-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug. Both were bailed until Wednesday 29 July 29, pending further inquiries.”

Care Council for Wales finds social worker placed child at riskDaniel Lombard
A social worker who displayed “extremely poor judgement” in her handling of a case in which a child subsequently died has been struck off the register.
A Care Council for Wales conduct committee found Eleni Cordingley had placed Child A at risk by failing to act on two phonecalls from the same person expressing concerns about the family.
Cordingley was a social worker at Swansea Council’s social services department at the time of the case in 2005.
Anonymous phonecalls

The anonymous calls were made to the access and information team between 27 April and 5 May of that year, but Cordingley failed to act appropriately, according to the committee. Child A died later that year.
After admitting misconduct at a hearing in Cardiff, she was told by committee chair Ann Teaney: “By exercising extremely poor judgement you failed to work in a safe and effective way. The misconduct admitted in this case is considered to be so serious that removal from the register is the only appropriate sanction.

“Protection of the public”
“This is necessary for the protection of the public and to uphold the public interest in maintaining confidence in social care services.”
Teaney also expressed concern about Swansea Council’s delay in informing the CCW about the result of a disciplinary hearing involving Cordingley, which concluded in October 2007.
Council’s improvement programme
Swansea Council said in a statement that the child’s death “was a terrible tragedy and [we are] very sorry that it happened”.
It added that a serious case review had found the child was not known to social services prior to the first phonecall. The council said it had acted on the report’s recommendations and worked with the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales to strengthen its services for vulnerable children.
Wendy Fitzgerald, cabinet member for social services, said the council had already invested £350,000 in recruiting additional social workers this year.
http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/2009/01/27/110556/conduct-swansea-social-worker-struck-off-for-poor-judgement.htm
GSCC removes Dwight McGuire from registerMcGuire convicted in US for sexual assault on six year old girlKirsty McGregorTuesday 26 January 2010 12:10A children’s social worker who sexually abused a six-year-old girl in the US more than 20 years ago has been struck off the social care register.
Dwight McGuire sexually assaulted the girl and indecently exposed himself to her on several occasions over the course of a year from December 1988 while living with her family.
The girl was so distressed by the experience that she waited almost 20 years before reporting it to the police in 2007, a General Social Care Council conduct committee found. McGuire was working as a children’s social worker at Darlington Council at the time the offence came to light.

McGuire, a US national, pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition in Greene County, Ohio, in April 2009 and was sentenced to one year imprisonment.
The committee decided removal from the register was the only appropriate sanction because sexual abuse of children is “particularly serious, especially so when the registrant is in a position of trust”.
The committee took into account the fact that McGuire, who was not present at the hearing in London, had pleaded guilty to the offence in court, had expressed remorse and had undergone counselling shortly after it happened.

But it concluded that confidence in social care services would be “undermined” if he continued to practise as a social worker.
A spokesperson for Darlington Council said: “Once we were aware of the charges against Mr McGuire, his employment by Darlington Council ceased.
“We also spoke to all of the families he had been working with and none of them raised any issues or concerns.”

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/2010/01/26/113650/former-darlington-social-worker-struck-off-over-us-child-abuse.htm
Sex offender social worker struck offBy Richard PainApril 27, 2009
A SOCIAL worker who had sex with a mentally ill woman from Camberley has been struck off the social care register.
David Cookson was employed by Surrey County Council as a locum when he slept with the woman known as Ms A after becoming her key worker in 2006.
The 44-year-old from Southampton only admitted having sex with her when she later revealed she was pregnant.
Last year, he was convicted at Guildford Crown Court of having a sexual relationship while in the position of care of a vulnerable adult.
He was placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years and ordered to attend a group work programme.
Now an independent committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) has removed him from the Social Care Register.
The committee said Cookson was aware straight away that his actions breached the social workers’ code of practice but he made no attempt to inform the council of the affair.
Rosie Varley, chairman of the GSCC, said: “Social workers are put in a position of trust and it is therefore vital that they act with integrity while safeguarding vulnerable people.
“Thankfully, the majority of the 80,000 registered social workers find no difficulty in complying with this.
“In order to maintain the safety of vulnerable people we take all matters of law breaking very seriously and will not hesitate to apply the appropriate sanctions.”
http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/s/2049682_sex_offender_social_worker_struck_off
Social worker struck off for abusing trans childBy Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk • January 7, 2010 – 13:18

The social worker was struck off
A social worker has been found guilty of shouting homophobic abuse at a child in his care.
Stan Lansdell, 52, was struck off today for “gross abuse” of his position. He worked for Bradford council at the time of the offences.
A General Social Care Conduct Council (GSCC) in London heard he had committed 59 counts of misconduct, including failing to follow child protection procedures, providing false references and making inappropriate contact with an 18-year-old girl.
Communitycare.co.uk reports that Lansdell had shouted homophobic abuse at a trans girl known as Child F in April 2007, when the child was aged between 12 and 13.
The child, who chose to wear girl’s clothing and was said to be experiencing gender confusion, said Lansdell had threatened to put her into care and referred to her as a “f***ing little gay b****d”.
Lansdell also made inappropriate phone calls and text messages of a sexual nature to the child’s 18-year-old cousin.
He did not attend the four-day hearing but said in an email sent to the court that the allegations were fabricated.
He was also found to have failed to keep up-to-date records on at least 13 children.
But the the GSCC’s presenting officer said Lansdell had shown “untrustworthiness” and that his behaviour was “potentially dangerous” to vulnerable children.
Committee chair Barry Picken said the committee believed he had “deep-seated personality and attitudinal problems”.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/01/07/social-worker-struck-off-for-abusing-trans-child/
Social worker struck off for ‘extremely poor judgement’Jan 26 2009 WalesOnline
A social worker has been struck off the professional register for “extremely poor judgment” in a case involving a baby who was later murdered.
Eleni Cordingley, who has been suspended from the City and County of Swansea social services department, is no longer allowed to work as a social worker after she admitted misconduct at a Care Council for Wales (CCW) Conduct Committee Hearing in Cardiff.
Mrs Cordingley admitted she had shown poor professional judgment and had failed to comply with child protection procedures concerning Aaron Gilbert during the hearing last Thursday and Friday.
The 13-month-old boy was murdered after a month-long regime of violence in May 2005.
Andrew Lloyd admitted killing the defenceless child on the eve of a murder trial at Swansea Crown Court in October 2006.
He was later jailed for life with the recommendation he serve a minimum 24 year term.
The baby’s mother Rebecca Lewis, of Swansea, south Wales, was jailed for six years after being found guilty of familial homicide at the end of the four week trial.
Lewis had failed to lift a finger to prevent Aaron’s murder, by her live-in boyfriend Lloyd, despite knowing what was happening.
The jury heard that Aaron’s body carried a “constellation of 50 injuries,” caused by Lloyd over four weeks.
He had undergone beatings, had been thrown across a room by his ears, had been bitten and slapped and forced to inhale smoke.
The Committee in Cardiff was told that the Access and Information team in the Social Services Department of the City and County of Swansea had received two anonymous calls from the same person expressing concerns about the family of Aaron, who was referred to as Child A throughout the hearing.
Anne Teaney, the committee chairwoman, told Mrs Cordingley: “In failing to act appropriately in response to the complaints between April 27 and May 5 2005, you are guilty of misconduct by putting Child A at risk.
“By exercising extremely poor judgment you failed to work in a safe and effective way. The misconduct admitted in this case is considered to be so serious that removal from the Register is the only appropriate sanction.
“This is necessary for the protection of the public and to uphold the public interest in maintaining confidence in social care services.”
During the hearing, the Committee also expressed concern about the delay in the City and County of Swansea informing the Care Council for Wales about the result of a disciplinary hearing for Mrs Cordingley which was concluded in October 2007.
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: “The death of Aaron Gilbert in 2005 was a terrible tragedy and Swansea Council is very sorry that it happened.
“Following the Care Council’s decision we have taken immediate steps to suspend the social worker.
“We will also need to consider what further action may be necessary in the light of the evidence and outcome of the Care Council hearing.
“Following Aaron’s death the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board undertook a Serious Case Review. It found that prior to the first anonymous phone call, Aaron was not known to Social Services. He was not on the at risk register.
“However, it concluded that all the agencies involved with the family had important lessons to learn and made recommendations on how these should be implemented.”
Wendy Fitzgerald, Cabinet Member for Social Services at the council, said: “Our primary concern is protecting and promoting the welfare of children.
“Since Aaron’s tragic death we have introduced a number of improvements to services
“This year alone, we have invested more than £350,000 to recruit additional social workers. We have improved services and will continue to work with the Care and Social Services Inspectorate to bring further improvements.
“We will be looking at the evidence and outcome of the CCW hearing and considering what further actions are necessary.”
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2009/01/26/social-worker-struck-off-for-extremely-poor-judgement-91466-22784629/
Social worker struck off after buying whisky for rehab patientA social worker, Craig McLoughlin, who offered to buy a double whisky in a pub for a client he had helped through detox has been struck off. Published: 1:04PM GMT 06 Nov 2009Mr McLoughlin, who was drunk at the time, told the client, known only as Mr A, not to worry about his dead father, adding ”I’ll be your dad”, and he informed other people in the pub that he was his social worker.The committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) in London ruled today that the 54-year-old’s actions amounted to misconduct and ordered that he be removed from the professional register.
NHS staff told not to hold meetings where alcohol served in order not to offend MuslimsIt heard on Thursday that Mr A had issues with psychosis linked to substance and alcohol misuse and McLoughlin, from Sheffield, helped arrange his attendance at a detox programme.McLoughlin was on a day off in May 2005 and was intoxicated ”to the level of being drunk” in a city centre pub when Mr A and his girlfriend bumped into him, the hearing was told.Mr Swan said: ”Mr A and his girlfriend. Miss C. went into the pub for a meal and the registrant invited them to join him at a table where he was sitting by himself, and they did.”The registrant then offered to buy an alcoholic drink for Mr A, namely whisky, and produced a quantity of money from his pocket.”He went on to express his view to Mr A that nobody could be without alcohol and that was despite the fact that Mr A had recently undergone detox. Mr A refused the offer of a drink.”Mr Swan said Mr A’s father had died when he was only 13, which he and McLoughlin had discussed.”The registrant said to Mr A in a raised voice, ‘Don’t worry about your dad, I’ll be your dad.”’The registrant went on to shout to other customers, ‘I’m his social worker, this is our social work session’.”Mr A telephoned his grandmother to tell her what was going on and she reported it to his bosses.But the committee did not find proved allegations that McLoughlin offered Mr A some magic mushrooms, or asked Mr A to provide him with cannabis or sleeping tabletsMcLoughlin was employed by the city council to work for the Sheffield Care Trust in mental health services from September 13 2004 and he worked in the north sector community health team.He was involved in the case of Mr A from October 2004, said Andrew Swan, representing the GSCC.McLoughlin was employed on a temporary basis and had a contract which was due to run until October 28 2005.During the investigation into the incident, McLoughlin accepted he had been very intoxicated and had consumed about one-and-a-half bottles of wine and a few pints and accepted he may have made some inappropriate comments.He resigned on the day of a disciplinary hearing in September 2005, a month before his contract expired.Mr Swan read out a statement from Mr A in which he said McLoughlin helped him set up the detox and was ”very encouraging”.He said McLoughlin was ”hammered” in the pub that day and the incident ”let me down big time”.Mr A said: ”It was like he did the job so he could get paid at the end of the week.”Elizabeth Johnson, an area manager for Sheffield Care Trust who led the investigation, read from a statement in which she concluded: ”He was a genuinely nice and committed chap, but with an alcohol problem. The outcome for Mr A was devastating. He was lucky he had his grandmother for support.”The committee said it was of the view that the evidence of Mr A and his partner was ”reliable” about the offer to buy an alcoholic drink.It said: ”The committee found, as a fact, that the registrant had been very drunk at the time of the incident and was satisfied, to the required standard, that the witnesses were being truthful when they said that the registrant had offered to buy Mr A a double whisky.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/6515763/Social-worker-struck-off-after-buying-whisky-for-rehab-patient.html
Newcastle social worker struck off after filming up shopper20/11/2009

A social worker from Newcastle who modified his tennis bag so he could film up unsuspecting women’s skirts was today removed from the profession by the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Michael Bird, 55 and formerly of Newcastle, adapted a bag for tennis racquets to conceal a digital camera which he then placed under adult female’s skirts in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, River Island and Fenwick Department store in Newcastle’s city centre on the 24 and 25 June 2008. Some of the images were then edited and downloaded onto his home computer and each lasted several minutes.
He received a caution for voyeurism in February of this year after admitting to the offence. He was working for North Tyneside Council at the time of the offence and was dismissed by them in August 2008 following disciplinary proceedings.
Bird did not attend the one-day hearing held in London but in written representations to the GSCC’s conduct committee he admitted the facts. When interviewed by his former employer, he said he had been showing his son how to use a video recorder for a school project. He also said his friend had discussed a voyeuristic website and they were curious as to whether the footage was staged or obtained without the victim’s consent. He later admitted to the police that he did the filming for his own personal sexual gratification. In mitigation at the employer disciplinary hearing he cited deep-seated problems. In mitigation given to the GSCC’s Committee he cited that his curiosity was heightened as he was prevented from testing boundaries as a child due to his strict upbringing as Jehovah Witness.
The Committee said Bird’s behaviour was a ‘violation of the privacy of these four women who doubtless would have been horrified to learn that they had been filmed in such a way’. They noted that a certain amount of planning and sophistication was required to place a camera in a bag in such a way that it could film up skirts and remain hidden. The filming took place on four separate occasions and over two days and demonstrated a pattern of behaviour rather than a one-off. The Committee found that the behaviour amounted to a very clear breach of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers which all social workers sign up to when registering.  They described his actions as both ‘degrading and humiliating.’
In deciding to remove him from the register, the Committee noted his lack of insight which they found surprising given that he had previously been seconded to a joint Police/Social Service Department investigation into historic sexual abuse. In this role he set up a support group for survivors of sexual abuse.
Rosie Varley, Chair of the GSCC, said: “If social workers behave in a way, in or outside of work, which calls into question their suitability to be a social worker we must take action in the interests of public protection.
The majority of social workers on our register act with honesty and integrity at all times to deliver high quality care, and in doing so, act as excellent ambassadors for the profession. Those who behave in a way which jeopardises the public trust and confidence in social work that others have worked so hard to build up must be held to account.”
http://www.gscc.org.uk/News+and+events/Media+releases/michael+bird.htm
Convicted social worker removed from register25/09/2009

A social worker convicted of obtaining property by deception and dishonestly making a false representation for gain has been struck off the Social Care Register by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) for misconduct.
Ms Julie Andrews, age 45, worked as a social worker at the time of her conviction.  The GSCC committee heard details of Ms Andrews’ offences, which included the submission of false financial information to her local authority, in order to maintain the pretence that funds were being used to pay for carers when they were not.  The fraud was committed over a period of two and half years and amounted to over £25,000.
Ms Andrews who was present during the conduct hearing admitted that her convictions amounted to misconduct.  However, she offered mitigating reasons for her actions, some of which the committee agreed to hear in private.  In the public hearing, Ms Andrews pointed to the fact that the dishonesty was unrelated to her work, that she did not target vulnerable individuals, that she had an exemplary record prior to her conviction and she offered to pay the money back.
After consideration of the allegations and Ms Andrews’s rationale for her actions, the committee decided to impose a removal order. They felt that “the high value, the high frequency and the planned nature of the dishonesty”, aggravated the nature of her misconduct.  The committee also considered the protection of the public and the need to maintain confidence in social care workers as factors in reaching their decision.
GSCC Chair, Rosie Varley said “The majority of social workers are scrupulously honest and trustworthy professionals.  The GSCC mandate includes promoting and maintaining high standards amongst social workers.  We will take action against any social worker who does not meet the standards as laid down in the code of practice even if their action does not directly affect service users.”
The sanction has immediate effect and means that the registrant will not be able to practise as a social worker.
http://www.gscc.org.uk/News+and+events/Media+releases/Convicted+social+worker+removed+from+register.htm
Kent social worker removed from Social Care Register18/09/2009

An independent Committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) yesterday struck off a social worker from Kent after hearing allegations of sexual abuse dating back to the 1980s.
Douglas Makey, aged 49 and from Tonbridge, worked as a Residential Social Worker in a children’s home in Gravesend during the 1980s when the alleged sexual abuse occurred. He was found by the committee to have abused Ms A, when she was around 9 to 10 years old and Ms B, when she was around 10 to 12 years old.  Ms A and Ms B lived at the home during the eighties although not at the same time. Ms A gave evidence to the committee who described her as a convincing and honest witness leaving them ‘in little doubt that what she was saying was true’.
Ms B did not attend the hearing but the committee considered evidence including the statement she gave to the police and letters she wrote at the time.
Mr Makey was not present at the hearing and chose not to be represented.  The allegations, which Makey denied, were investigated by the police in 2006.  The Crown Prosecution Service did not prosecute due to insufficient evidence.
In coming to their decision to remove Makey from the register, the committee said these were ‘very serious findings of sexual abuse of two vulnerable children in a residential care home.’ They described it as ‘abuse carried out for his sexual gratification and at night time.’ The women were described by the committee as young children who were particularly vulnerable and ‘trusted Makey implicitly.’ They said Makey had groomed one of the women with treats and affection and had taken advantage of the other woman’s ‘obvious affection for him’. Mr Makey’s behaviour was of a most serious nature repeated over a prolonged period and against targeted, vulnerable young children in care.
Rosie Varley, Chair of the GSCC, said “People who use services must be able to trust their social worker and have every right to expect them to be of good character, acting in their client’s best interests at all times. The vast majority of social workers are committed to this and the high standards set out in the GSCC’s code of practice. As the regulator of social workers, we will not hesitate to take action against the minority who abuse their position of responsibility and the trust placed in them.”

http://www.gscc.org.uk/News+and+events/Media+releases/Douglas+Makey+release.htm
Social worker struck off register following theft conviction28/10/2009

A social worker who stole over £50,000 in cash from a charity she worked for has been removed from the profession by an independent committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Mrs Lynne Greenwood, 57, worked as a Service Director in the Manchester office of Creative Support Limited, a charity which provides social care services for people with learning disabilities and other mental health issues. She was convicted at Manchester Crown Court in November 2008 of two counts of theft after being found guilty of stealing £52,742.35 in cash from the charity over a period of 18-20 months. Greenwood was given an 11 months suspended prison term over two years on condition that the money was returned to Creative Support Limited, which she has since done.
Greenwood, who was not present at the GSCC’s hearing, admitted in a letter to the committee that her convictions amounted to misconduct. In mitigation, she said that no service user was directly harmed by her actions and her actions did not reflect negatively on social workers as she was not employed as a social worker at the time.  She added that she was compulsive spender but was receiving help to address these issues.
In finding Greenwood guilty of professional misconduct, the committee said her actions constituted a serious breach of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers. They noted that Greenwood occupied a senior position within the charity and had deprived service users of valuable funds.
In removing her from the register, they cited sections of the code relating to maintaining the trust of service users and upholding confidence in social care services. They said allowing Greenwood to remain on the register after admitting such grave offences of dishonesty would be “wholly inappropriate and disproportionate”. By saying in her letter to the committee that money was not taken directly from service users, Greenwood “failed to demonstrate insight into the seriousness and impact of her actions.”
GSCC Chair, Rosie Varley, said “The vast majority of registered social workers are upright and honest professionals who abide by the law and the GSCC code of practice.  People who use services need to have confidence in social workers. The GSCC must take action against registrants who fail to meet the high standards expected of them in the interest of public protection.”
http://www.gscc.org.uk/News+and+events/Media+releases/Greenwood+release.htm
Social worker struck off after stealing money from service user08/04/2009

A woman convicted of stealing money from a vulnerable service user has been removed from the Social Care Register by an independent committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Martha Wright, 33 and from Manchester, was employed as a social worker for Trafford Council in their health and disability team when the allegations came to light. Over a period of nine months, Wright stole a total sum of £4,747 from Ms A, an adult user of services who had a mental incapacity. Wright was convicted in Manchester Crown Court on 22 November 2007 of nine counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception and was given a suspended sentence and 240 hours community service.
The GSCC Committee said Wright had significantly abused her position of trust and had caused direct harm to a particularly vulnerable service user who was left with virtually nothing in her bank account.
They said Wright’s behaviour was fundamentally incompatible with continuing to be a registered social worker, and that dishonesty associated with professional practice is so damaging to a person’s suitability to be a social worker and to public confidence in social care services that removal was the only appropriate sanction. She had breached the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers that all social workers sign up to when registering with the GSCC.
Rosie Varley, Chair of the GSCC, said: “In order to maintain public confidence in social workers, they are expected to act with integrity, abiding by the law and the GSCC code of practice. It is of the up most importance that vulnerable people are protected, and we therefore take matters of law breaking by social workers extremely seriously. Thankfully the majority of the 80,000 registered social workers find no difficulty in complying with this, but we will not hesitate to apply the appropriate sanctions if needs be.”
Wright was removed from the register with immediate effect. She has the right of appeal to the independent First-tier Tribunal (Care Standards).
http://www.gscc.org.uk/News+and+events/Media+releases/media_release_08-04-09.htm
Social worker struck off register following misconduct05/10/2009

A 65-year-old social worker has been removed from the Social Care Register by an independent committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) for misconduct.
During the four-day hearing, the committee heard allegations that Rosalind Shaw, who worked for the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s Intermediate Care Assessment Team (ICAT) based at Whipps Cross hospital, failed to meet standards of practice required as a social worker.  The allegations included: failure to assess users of services in accordance with employer requirements; failure to report an allegation of abuse by a carer through the proper procedure; an inability to handle confidential patient information safely; and acting without management consultation.
Shaw did not attend the hearing at which the committee heard from several witnesses including Ms Shaw’s ICAT manager, who attested to her inability to adhere to correct procedures as set out in the code of practice for social workers, as well as to follow management instructions.
The committee concluded that in view of the persistent and serious nature of Rosalind Shaw’s behaviour and in order to protect the public, she should be removed from the Register.  In reaching their decision, the committee highlighted the fact that Rosalind Shaw had “consistently failed to follow national standards and local procedures”.  Her behaviour had an adverse impact on the performance and effectiveness of colleagues and staff in other agencies as well as failing to safeguard people who use services.
The GSCC’s Chair, Rosie Varley, said: “When social workers register with the General Social Care Council, they agree to abide by a code of practice. The vast majority of social workers practice in accordance with the code, but where someone has failed to maintain standards of practice, the GSCC will take action to ensure standards are upheld and public confidence is maintained”
The sanction has immediate effect and means that the registrant will not be able to practise as a social worker.
http://www.gscc.org.uk/News+and+events/Media+releases/Rosalind+Shaw+conduct+hearing.htm
Social worker struck off after conning teenage girls into posing topless04/08/2009

A man from West Yorkshire has been removed from the register of social workers by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) after encouraging vulnerable teenagers known to his youth offending team to pose naked.
Christopher Hardman, 55, from Batley, West Yorkshire, was employed by Kirklees Metropolitan Council as a team leader in their Youth Offending Team when he sent text messages and letters to a number of young women attached to the service.
Acting as ‘Sue’, ‘Ayesha’, ‘Jane Attwood’ and ‘Peter’ from ‘Vamp model agency’ he asked the girls, some as young as 16, to attend lingerie, topless and nude photo shoots in exchange for money.
Claiming to be from ‘Image Creations’, he also targeted another woman, aged over 18, who was the daughter of one of his work colleagues. She and four of the service users attended photographic sessions arranged by Hardman, who was acting under an alias. In February 2006, police searched his house after these allegations were made and he was found to be in possession of cannabis for which he accepted a formal caution.
Hardman admitted a statement of the facts which the committee found supported the allegation and admitted that his actions amounted to misconduct. He did not attend the hearing, held today (Tuesday) in central London.
Rosie Varley, Chair of the GSCC, said: “Social work relies on the existence of a wholly professional relationship, in circumstances in which users of services have little choice but to be trusting. The vast majority of social workers, and there are almost 80,000 on our register, have no difficulty with this because they are absolutely committed to working in the best interest of the service user at all times.
People who need social care services have the right to be protected from social workers who seriously abuse the trust placed in them, for the purpose of sexual gratification or for any other purpose. A social worker who abuses this trust should forfeit the privileges which come with registration and be removed from the workforce.”
Hardman, who resigned from Kirklees in 2007 and has not worked as a social worker since, was removed from the register with immediate effect and will not be able to practise as a social worker. He has the right of appeal to the independent First-tier Tribunal (Care Standards)
http://www.gscc.org.uk/News+and+events/Media+releases/news_release_04-08-09.htm
Social worker struck off after daughter is seriously injured19/11/2009

A social worker who failed to seek immediate medical attention for her toddler and lied to doctors about how her injuries occurred has been removed from the profession by the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons and was referred to as Ms C during the two-day hearing, was also found to have had a heroin addiction which she did not disclose to her employer.
On 7 March 2008, Ms C’s 13-month-old daughter was admitted to hospital with what doctors described as ‘life threatening injuries’ which were caused by the child’s father. The medical evidence showed she had a perforated intestine, which led to peritonitis which was consistent with blows to her abdomen. She also had serious bruising to her back and the doctors found an older fracture to a bone in her skull. The father has since been convicted of grievous bodily harm and was jailed for two years.
The Committee, which met over two days in London, heard that Ms C did not seek immediate medical attention for the child when she discovered she was unwell. Ms C, who did not attend the hearing or provide mitigation, later failed to provide a truthful account to the doctors of how her daughter’s injuries occurred, thereby jeopardising her health, and gave untrue evidence to an unnamed County Court in order to protect the child’s father.
They also heard evidence from a representative of Ms C’s employer who conducted an investigation after discovering her use of heroin and methadone. The local authority, which also cannot be named, found she failed to disclose her addiction on their pre-employment health questionnaire and during the term of her employment there, between January 2006 and 3 December 2007. She worked in adult services.
In removing Ms C from the register and barring her from practice, the committee found that she lied to protect her partner at the expense of her daughter’s wellbeing and health. They noted that a delayed diagnosis potentially threatened the child’s life. She showed a persistent lack of insight into the seriousness of her actions and continuing and profound dishonesty. Her actions demonstrated  a clear departure from the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers which all social workers sign up to.
Rosie Varley, Chair of the GSCC, said: “People who use services need to have confidence that social workers are committed to ensuring their welfare and safety and that of others. The majority of the 93,000 social workers on our register do not think twice about doing this.
Social worker struck off register for offering whisky to ‘recovering alcoholic’09/11/2009

A social worker who offered whisky to a client he helped through detox has been removed from the Social Care Register by an independent committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Craig McLoughlin, 54, who was employed by Sheffield City Council was found to have offered to buy Mr A, a user of services, an alcoholic drink despite knowing that he had been through detox for alcohol dependency. McLoughlin was drunk at the time and said to Mr A, whose father had passed away, words to the effect of “don’t worry about your Dad; I’ll be your Dad” and then went on to disclose to other people in the pub that he was Mr A’s social worker.
McLoughlin, who was not present at the two-day hearing, had previously admitted in a witness statement dated 16 August 2005 that he had “abused his position as a social care worker” and “made some inappropriate comments”. He also accepted that he had a “drinking problem”.
In finding McLoughlin guilty of professional misconduct, the committee said there had been a “serious departure” from the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers which all social workers sign up to as a condition of registration. They cited sections of the code relating to maintaining the trust of people who use services and upholding confidence in social care services.
The committee was of the view that McLoughlin’s problem with alcohol meant that he would continue to pose a risk to people who use services until he had addressed the problem. There was no evidence before the committee to show that he had sought professional help and that he no longer had an alcohol problem.
The committee was particularly influenced by the fact that McLoughlin had disclosed confidential information and had behaved in a manner that would have caused considerable harm to Mr A had he not been strong willed.
However, they did take into account the mitigating factors set out in McLoughlin’s witness statement as well as his previous good record.
Rosie Varley, Chair of the GSCC, said: “Social workers have a duty to act in the interest of service users at all times and should avoid any situations that may be harmful to the service user. The GSCC exists to ensure public protection and to promote high standards among social workers and will take action against those who do not abide by the Code of Practice. The vast majority of social workers comply with our codes and work hard to support vulnerable people on a daily basis.”
Mr McLoughlin was removed from the register with immediate effect. He has the right of appeal to the Health, Education and Social Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal.
http://www.gscc.org.uk/News+and+events/Media+releases/McLoughlin+Press+Release.htm
Waltham Forest social worker removed from the register

18/02/2008

A social worker who worked for Waltham Forest Borough Council has been removed from the Social Care Register at a hearing held by the General Social Care Council (GSCC), after being found guilty of professional misconduct.
At the four day hearing in London, Tricia Forbes admitted failing to initiate a child protection inquiry after a 13 year old girl said she had been physically abused by her father. Forbes, who at the time was a deputy team manager, failed to arrange for the child and her siblings to be accommodated overnight in a place of safety and did not inform the police, child protection response unit and partner agencies of the disclosure.
The hearing was also told that the social worker dropped the child off at the side of the road without conducting a risk assessment and failed to accompany another member of staff to meet the girl’s parents, despite being directed to do so by her manager. At a meeting convened after the child was admitted to hospital, which Forbes chaired, she did not inform colleagues of her involvement in the case. The Committee felt in doing so, the registrant had put her own interests above that of the child and this was ‘inexcusable’.
The Committee concluded that the actions taken by Forbes had put the child at serious risk. In coming to their decision, the Committee noted that the social worker had provided contradictory accounts of her involvement in the case and was not satisfied that she had demonstrated a consistent insight into her failings. At times, they said, she had demonstrated a defensive attitude and was seeking to shift responsibility onto others when giving evidence at the hearing. Forbes was also found to have not recorded her actions in the child’s file, breaching a fundamental principle of social work practice.
Sir Rodney Brooke, Chair of the GSCC, said: “Fortunately, professional negligence in social work is very rare and the tens of thousands of social workers registered with us provide only the highest standards of care to vulnerable members of our society.
In order to protect the reputation of the very many social workers who do an outstanding job day in day out, it’s vital that we take action where misconduct has been found. By addressing poor practice where we find it, we hope to be able to preserve trust in the profession and ensure public confidence.”
Removal from the register means that the registrant will not be able to practice as a social worker. Registrants have a right of appeal to the independent Care Standards Tribunal
http://www.gscc.org.uk/News+and+events/Media+releases/Waltham+Forest+social+worker+removed+from+the+register.htm
Social worker struck off after failing to protect 13-month-old toddler who was beaten to deathBy DAILY MAIL REPORTERLast updated at 11:27 AM on 27th January 2009Comments (17)Add to My Stories
Killed: Aaron Gilbert died from brain damage after he was attacked by Andrew Lloyd in 2006. His social worker Eleni Cordingley was struck off after failing to protect himA social worker has been struck off over the brutal murder of a toddler whose injuries left him looking ‘like the Elephant Man’.Social services official Eleni Cordingley was banned from working after failing to protect 13-month-old Aaron Gilbert from his mother’s brutal boyfriend.Mrs Cordingley failed to follow proper child protection procedures which could have saved little Aaron from his savage beatings.A conduct hearing was told Aaron died from brain damage after he was attacked by his mother’s boyfriend Andrew Lloyd.One neighbour later told police that Aaron was so deformed by his injuries before his death that he ‘looked like the Elephant Man’.In 2006 Lloyd was jailed for a minimum of 24 years for the baby’s murder and mother Rebecca Lewis became the first British woman to be convicted of allowing her child to be murdered by a violent partner.She was jailed for six years for familial homicide by failing to protect her child.Social services in Swansea, South Wales, had two anonymous calls from the same ‘whistle blower’ with fears about Aaron’s safety.  But Cordingley failed to respond properly to protect Aaron – when alarm bells should have rung.A conduct hearing told Cordingley: ‘By exercising extremely poor judgement you failed to work in a safe and effective way.’The misconduct admitted in this case is considered to be so serious that removal from the register is the only appropriate sanction.  ‘This is necessary for the protection of the public and to uphold the public interest in maintaining confidence in social care services.’

Jailed: Rebecca Lewis, pictured with Aaron, became the first woman in Britain to be jailed for allowing her child to be murdered by Lloyd, rightAaron was beaten to death by Lloyd, 23, after social workers, police and health service staff missed repeated chances to prevent the tragedy.Lewis, 21, regularly watched Lloyd beat the little boy – causing more than 50 injuries.   She once saw him pick up Aaron by his ears and throw him across the room.Bullying Lloyd would swear at the boy and blow smoke into his face. He once promised ‘to smash your little head in’.Lloyd would flick the baby’s ears and feet, making him scream in pain, and Aaron would ‘shiver in fright’ at the sight of him. Lewis also said she saw Lloyd swing the child around violently by the ankles.Sharon Hurlow, 53, rang Swansea social services twice in a week when she noticed  13-month-old Aaron had alarming bruises on his body.She said: ‘I feel like we’ve finally won. I tried to warn social services, but nothing happened.’Little Aaron would be running around now, off to school, if people had listened to me.’Instead, he’s in a small dark grave all alone – his little body black and blue.’You think that if you see a child being hurt and have the guts to report it, then something will be done.’Aaron’s father Gareth Gilbert said: ‘I am pleased to hear about this. I agree with every word of the judgment.  ‘Nothing will ever replace Aaron. But I think this person involved should make an apology to me personally.’Mrs Cordingely was removed from the social worker register at the hearing by the Care Council for Wales Conduct Committee Hearing in Cardiff.A Swansea council spokesman said: ‘The death of Aaron Gilbert in 2005 was a terrible tragedy and Swansea council is very sorry that it happened.  ‘Following the care council’s decision we have taken immediate steps to suspend the social worker.’We will also need to consider what further action may be necessary in the light of the evidence and outcome of the care council hearing.’It found that prior to the first anonymous phone call, Aaron was not known to social services. He was not on the at-risk register.’However, it concluded that all the agencies involved with the family had important lessons to learn and made recommendations on how these should be implemented.’The council said more than £350,000 has been spent in the last year to recruit extra social workers.

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Paedophile social worker is struck off8:56am Saturday 23rd January 2010

By Jim Entwistle »
A MAN responsible for the welfare of vulnerable North-East children has been struck off as a social worker for sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl.
Convicted paedophile Dwight McGuire worked in Darlington for four years, although his offence was committed some years before he moved to the town.
Yesterday, more details of his crimes came to light at a hearing of the General Social Care Council, in London.
It emerged that the 41-yearold American, who moved to Darlington after he secured a job as a social worker with Darlington Borough Council, had exposed himself to his victim numerous times, before indecently touching her while masturbating.
McGuire was sentenced to a year in jail in May last year after he admitted gross sexual imposition, although a search of the US sex offenders’ register revealed he is now a free man. He is listed as living in a village in Montana.
He was detained by officials at an airport in Minnesota in January last year, after his victim, who is now an adult, told police of her ordeal. The incidents happened in 1988 and 1989 while McGuire was a student. Yesterday’s committee heard that after she told police, the girl phoned McGuire in Darlington to obtain an admission from him.
With police listening in, McGuire confessed.
He was arrested shortly after when he returned to the US to visit his dying father.
Committee chairwoman Jeanette Cragg said: “This was a serious departure from the code of conduct, and confidence in social services would be undermined if he was allowed to continue as a social worker.”
Mrs Cragg said McGuire’s conduct was aggravated by a breach of trust, because the incidents were over a prolonged period and because in 2007, when the girl told the police about it, she was still deeply affected.
An investigation found no evidence that McGuire had committed any offence while working in Darlington.
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/4867783.Paedophile_social_worker_is_struck_off/
Social worker struck off for inactionJoy Coles, 55, from Leicester ‘was dishonest’ and did not allocate cases to be investigated
John Carvel, social affairs editorguardian.co.uk, Thursday 9 April 2009 17.02 BSTArticle historyA senior social worker has been struck off the professional register for putting children at risk by failing to allocate 90 cases for investigation.
The General Social Care Council (GSCC) said Joy Coles, 55, a team manager in the duty and assessment service at Leicester council’s children’s department, knowingly misled her managers about the number of unallocated cases, and backdated closing dates of other cases to cover her tracks.
In one instance, she took no action into allegations of physical abuse towards children in a family. The children were eventually put on the child protection register, but the committee said the delay could have put the children at risk of harm.
The GSCC said Coles also failed to allocate other child protection cases that should have been dealt with urgently. Her behaviour “called into question her suitability to remain on the register and also harmed the reputation and standing of the social care profession.”
Coles was a team manager in Leicester for four years to November 2005.
The GSCC added: “By her persistent inaction and failures she placed children at risk of harm. She failed to safeguard vulnerable children. She was a team manager responsible for allocating cases and fundamentally failed in this regard.”
Coles breached the code of practice for social care workers because “she put service users at risk, was dishonest, failed to communicate with managers about these issues, and was unreliable and lacked dependability.”
Rosie Varley, chair of the GSCC, said: “All social workers sign up to a code of practice when they register with us and the majority of the 95,000 people on the social care register find no difficulty with being honest and upholding public confidence in the profession. It is vital that social workers do all they can to protect vulnerable people. Any concerns raised about a child’s welfare should be taken seriously by a social worker, and we will take the appropriate action if we think children have been let down and put at further risk.”
Coles has a right of appeal to an independent tribunal.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/apr/09/social-worker-struck-off
Barneley social worker struck off for suggestive comments
Published Date: 19 January 2010A FORMER senior social worker from Barnsley was struck off the professional register for misconduct today.Douglas Adams was assistant director of children’s services at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council when he made a series of comments to four female colleagues, some of which were of a sexual nature, the General Social Care Council heard.
He was
dismissed from his post in 2006 following a disciplinary investigation into a complaint made by one of the women, a pregnant administrative worker who said Adams suggested she should have an abortion.
The 56-year-old from Nottingham did not attend the two-day hearing in central London.
Allegations that Adams had a conversation with the pregnant woman, known as Ms D, during which he told her “it would be easy to have an abortion because her pregnancy was not that far gone” were found proved, along with other comments including suggesting she would end up with no job and would lose her figure.
In its decision, the conduct panel stated: “Although Ms D’s evidence was hearsay, when he was interviewed by Ms (Deborah) Lightfoot on June 8 2006 the registrant did not deny the specific allegations which now form the basis of the formal allegation for the present proceedings.
“Further, he did not deny the specific allegations during the course of his disciplinary hearing on August 2 2006.
“The committee was impressed by the fact that Ms D herself did not appear to be motivated by malice or personal gain and did not wish the registrant to get into trouble.”
Adams, who lost an appeal against his dismissal by Barnsley council, suggested during inquiries into Ms D’s complaint that he had been trying to “shock” her into acknowledging the difficulties she could face as a young mother, the hearing was told.
The evidence of another woman, Ms A, that Adams told her he could imagine her in a “Miss Whiplash” outfit was also found proved.
Adams was meanwhile found to have told Ms A that an administrative worker – Ms B – was “completely off her head” and “all over the place” because she was undergoing fertility treatment.
According to the GSCC, Adams whispered an obscene comment into the ear of another female colleague – Ms C – during an office Christmas meal.
Suspending Adams from the GSCC register would not have been a sufficient sanction, according to the conduct committee.
In its decision it said “the right of potential colleagues to protection from abuse was more important than the registrant’s own fortunes” and said Adams had shown “little insight into his repeated failings”.
“The committee took into account evidence of the registrant’s previous good character and some evidence of the registrant’s apologies to Ms A,” the decision stated.
“The committee also took into account the registrant’s acknowledgement that his conversation with Ms D had been highly inappropriate.
“However, the committee was not satisfied that the registrant’s proven behaviour was unlikely to be repeated.”
The panel, chaired by Barry Picken, concluded: “The committee found that the registrant’s behaviour demonstrated a blatant disregard for the values of social care standards set out in the code of practice for social care workers and that a removal order was the only proportionate sanction in the circumstances of this case.”

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/Barneley-social-worker-struck-off.5995217.jp
Social worker struck off for deception over houseBY CALUM ROSS
Published: 26/01/2010
A NORTH-EAST social worker has been struck off after claiming his son was a heroin user in order to have him moved into a house earmarked for ex-offenders.
Scottish social work regulators ruled that Edward Evans “seriously abused his position” in Aberdeen as a senior member of community safety charity Sacro.
It follows a disciplinary hearing which heard he had assigned his son a temporary home in the city despite not meeting the criteria.
Mr Evans, of Piper Place, Portlethen, moved his son to the front of Sacro’s waiting list by claiming he was embroiled in a “personal crisis” and was “frequently smoking heroin”. He went on to try to secure the property permanently for his son, attempting to hide his actions from colleagues in the process.
A Scottish Social Services Council disciplinary panel found he had committed misconduct by engaging “in a course of deception over a lengthy period” in securing an advantage for his son to which he was not entitled.
It said: “The registrant occupied a senior position of trust but seriously abused that position and the trust placed in him.”
Mr Evans refused to comment when asked about the findings by the Press and Journal.
The name and the address of the son in question are not known.
Mr Evans had been employed as a team leader at Sacro’s supported accommodation service in Aberdeen since November, 2006.
He was suspended by Sacro in October, 2008, pending an investigation into the claims and resigned five weeks later before the disciplinary proceedings had concluded.
robust
A spokesman for Sacro, which runs 25 tenancies for former offenders in the city, said: “Sacro follows robust disciplinary policies and procedures and places a high priority on the conduct of its staff.
“These policies and procedures are in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its staff, service users and the public.
“In the case referred to, Sacro immediately notified the Scottish Social Services Council of the suspension of an employee and have at all times assisted the council fully with their investigation of this case.”
The tenancy allocated by Mr Evans was provided by Aberdeen City Council, which contracts Sacro to help former offenders resettle in the community.
A spokesman for the local authority said: “Aberdeen City Council supports the work of the Scottish Social Services Council and the prompt action taken by Sacro.”
The social services council’s chief executive, Anna Fowlie, said: “It is essential that social workers act with integrity and honesty at all times.
“Mr Evans failed to follow procedures which are designed to promote and safeguard the wellbeing and safety of people who use services.”
Birmingham social worker struck off after failing to declare convictionJan 20 2010

An experienced social worker from Birmingham has been struck off after she failed to declare she had been convicted of theft.
The General Social Care Council (GSCC) also accepted an allegation that Verona Reeves threatened her landlords and the couple’s children.
A GSCC conduct committee said Reeves’ behaviour amounted to misconduct and said “such a grave case” necessitated her removal from the professional register.
The 48-year-old from Birmingham was convicted on December 18, 2006, at Dudley Magistrates’ Court of one count of theft of a credit card, two counts of theft from cash machines and four counts of obtaining property by deception. A further 22 offences were taken into consideration, the GSCC heard.
The committee found Reeves failed to inform the GSCC of her criminal record when she applied for registration with the regulator.
She also continued to work for Birmingham City Council until May 2008 despite having her registration suspended for six months in March 2008. Reeves’s dishonesty was “deliberate, systematic and prolonged” the committee concluded.
The allegation that she told her landlords words to the effect of “I know where you live and I know where your kids go to school and they better watch out” in June 2006 was also considered misconduct as the committee said it was “such seriously inappropriate behaviour for a member of the social work profession”.
Neil Grant, presenting the case for the GSCC, said Reeves was a senior and experienced practitioner, particularly in the area of mental health, who had obtained a diploma in social work in 1989.
Between 1989 and 2003 she worked as a social worker in Birmingham and London, latterly at Enfield Council, but left to become a full-time mother in August 2003.
Mr Grant said, while it was not clear precisely when Reeves returned to work, by May 2007 she was employed by Birmingham City Council via the Bluecare recruitment agency but failed to mention her convictions when going through the GSCC registration process. Reeves, who did not attend the hearing, has 28 days to appeal.
http://www.birminghampost.net/news/2010/01/20/birmingham-social-worker-struck-off-after-failing-to-declare-conviction-65233-25646050/
Social worker is struck off for relationship with client
Published Date: 01 May 2009By Tara DundonA SENIOR social worker who fathered two children with one of his vulnerable clients has been struck off.A two-day General Social Care Council hearing heard that Richard Clasby (46) physically and sexually abused the woman during a four-year affair.
He admitted one allegation – that he had told her he would lose his job if she exposed their relationship – but was also accused of 11 offences related to drugs, aggressive behaviour, verbal abuse, threats to suffocate their child and demands for sex.
The hearing was told the pair entered into an affair and the woman, who cannot be named, claimed during their four years together he bullied her into silence and threatened to suffocate their children and commit suicide if their relationship was made public.
The committee found all the allegations had been proven.
In a joint statement, chief executive, of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust Karen Bell and Cambridgeshire County Council’s executive director of community and adult services Rod Craig said: “This kind of behaviour will never be tolerated.
“We will do everything we can to ensure that such an incident does not happen again in Cambridgeshire.”

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/Social-worker-is-struck-off.5228172.jp
Social worker in breach is struck off
Published Date: 04 February 2008By Alison BellamyA SOCIAL worker from Leeds has been removed from the Social Care Register at a hearing held by the General Social Care Council (GSCC), after being found to have breached the code of practice.
Alan Rhodes, who was employed by Leeds City Council, was found guilty of misconduct by the committee for forming an inappropriate personal relationship with a person who uses services.
Rhodes was the allocated social worker to that person and herADVERTISEMENT
children, who had been on the Child Protection Register.
The Committee heard that two of the children were moved to live with their father in Scotland without the knowledge of social services in Leeds or East Renfrewshire.
Rhodes had played a part in the move and was aware child protection procedures should have been followed.
Despite being suspended by Leeds City Council at the time, the Council decided that Rhodes had a responsibility to inform social services in Leeds about the move.
As a social worker with years of experience, he would have been aware of the risks involved in moving children without the correct procedures being followed. The children were later placed in care in Scotland.
The Committee concluded that Alan Rhodes’ behaviour fell far below the standards expected of a registered social worker.
They were particularly concerned by his failure to make the welfare of the children paramount.
The Committee also noted he had displayed no insight or remorse in disciplinary interviews, in the intervening period or in communications with the GSCC.
Sir Rodney Brooke, Chair of the GSCC, said: “When people become social care workers and register with the General Social Care Council, they agree to abide by a set of rules set out in our codes of practice.”
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Abusive social worker Stanley Lansdell struck offJan 8 2010 by Sophie Doughty, The Journal

A SOCIAL worker who swore at a vulnerable child and sexually harassed a member of his family has been struck off.
Stanley Lansdell of Chester-le-Street, County Durham, used false references when applying for work through a specialist recruitment agency.
And after getting a position with a council in Yorkshire, he went on to verbally abuse a child in his care with cruel taunts and sent the youngster’s cousin perverted text messages.
The 52-year-old was yesterday removed from the Social Care Register after a hearing in London heard these and a catalogue of other allegations relating to his professional conduct.
The General Social Care Council’s conduct committee was told how, after getting a job with Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Mr Lansdell was charged with the care of a 13-year-old boy, known as Child F.
On one occasion he phoned the vulnerable youngster, who had a tendency to cross-dress, told him to “get lost”, swore at him and called him “gay”.
He told Child F that no one would believe him if he made a complaint and that he would be taken into care. The social worker also made highly inappropriate remarks to a member of Child F’s family.He sexually harassed an 18-year-old woman, who he met through his work with the child, telephoning her in the middle of the night and sending her highly inappropriate text messages.
Mr Lansdell also preyed on another woman, who was in his care. He visited her home on several occasions, staying for more than two hours.
On one occasion he repeatedly told the woman she should not stay in the flat, and invited her to stay with him, telling her she could have a bath at his home.
After a two-day hearing, which Mr Lansdell did not attend, the committee determined he was guilty of misleading his employers and breaching professional boundaries while working for Bradford Social Services between February 2006 and April 2007. The committee agreed he had committed other blunders, such as failing to keep up-to-date files and giving misleading evidence in court.
Mr Lansdell was also accused of verbally abusing a colleague while working in a previous role at Darlington Borough Council, swearing at her and calling her fat.
The committee decided Mr Lansdell should be removed from the social work register immediately, saying he had serious attitude and personality problems and had grossly abused the trust of those he was supposed to be looking after.
http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2010/01/08/abusive-social-worker-stanley-lansdell-struck-off-61634-25551718/2/
Smethwick social worker faces being struck off after intimidation claimsDec 7 2009 by Ben Goldby, Sunday MercuryA SOCIAL worker accused by her neighbours of threatening their children could be struck off.Verona Reeves, from Smethwick, West Midlands, who has previous convictions for theft, will go before the General Social Care Council’s (GSCC) panel in London to face charges that she intimidated the youngsters in front of their mum and dad.She is accused of telling two parents in June 2006: “I know where you live and I know where your kids go to school, and they better watch out.”Ms Reeves also faces action over criminal charges brought in December 2006 for theft and obtaining property by deception, and her failure to inform the GSCC about criminal proceedings against her.She was convicted by Dudley Magistrates Court on December 18, 2006, of stealing a Mint credit card, stealing £300 in cash, buying clothes with the stolen credit card, stealing £200 from Royal Bank of Scotland and buying £190 of shopping at Tesco with the stolen card.Her failure to inform the GSCC of her convictions means that she faces charges of dishonesty when she goes before the disciplinary board.It also emerged last night that Reeves was suspended in March, 2008, for six months following another hearing, but continued working for Birmingham City Council until the following May, flouting the GSCC’s ruling.A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: “Until the GSCC hearing has been dealt with it would not be appropriate for us to comment on any of the details surrounding this case.”Ms Reeves had been due to face a full hearing of the GSCC’s independent conduct committee tomorrow, but the case has now been postponed while she consults with her legal team. The panel could strike her off the GSCC register or suspend her from practising as a social worker.A spokeswoman for the GSCC said: “To work as a social worker you must be registered with the GSCC, and we have an independent conduct committee which will review who is, or is not, suitable to stay on that register.”In October a government review into Birmingham City Council’s social services department branded it “not fit for purpose”.The inquiry was commissioned after eight children known to social services died in the space of just four years, including seven year-old Khyra Ishaq, from Handsworth, who was found starved to death last year.Councillor Les Lawrence, cabinet member for children, young people and families, claims that more social workers have now been recruited.
http://www.sundaymercury.net/news/midlands-news/2009/12/07/smethwick-social-worker-faces-being-struck-off-after-intimidation-claims-66331-25330436/
Social worker struck off after child sex offences Latest news
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Published Date: 17 July 2009A SOCIAL worker has been struck off after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.Kevin Mence (43), formerly of Walter Howes Crescent, Middleton, was employed as a social worker by Cambridgeshire County Council when the allegations came to light.
This week he was removed from the Social Care Register by an independent committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
Mence was jailed in November last year after Norwich Crown Court convicted him of twice sexually assaulting the girl, who was not his client.
He was also convicted of making indecent images of a child and possessing over 700 indecent images of children, some of which he distributed.
He was jailed for 16 months, placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years and issued with a Disqualification Order preventing him from working with children.
The GSCC committee found Mence guilty of serious misconduct and said his offending behaviour represented a serious departure from the relevant standards in the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers that all social workers sign up to when they register with the GSCC.
It said that in order to protect vulnerable people and uphold public confidence in social care services the only appropriate sanction was immediate removal from the register.
Rosie Varley, chair of the GSCC, said: “All social workers have a responsibility to act appropriately and with integrity, abiding by the law and the GSCC code of practice.
“Thankfully the majority of the 80,000 registered social workers find no difficulty in complying with this. In order to maintain the safety of vulnerable people we take all matters of law breaking by social workers extremely seriously, and will not hesitate to apply the appropriate sanctions.”
Mence waived his right to attend the GSCC hearing.
He was removed from the register with immediate effect.
http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/Social-worker-struck-off-after.5468025.jp
Social Worker Struck Off After Biting SonYorkshire and Humber > South YorkshireArticle from May 2, 2004Woman whose sons were placed on protection register should not be in position of responsibility for other children, panel rules.A children’s social worker was struck off the professional register today after biting her son while under the influence of alcohol. The General Social Care Council (GSCC) said it could not name the individual or reveal the local authority where she worked. It received medical evidence that she suffered from an abnormal personality and longstanding mental health issues.
The case was heard in private by a conduct committee in Birmingham, under rules that guaranteed the social worker’s anonymity. She did not attend. The committee accepted evidence that the woman’s two sons were considered at risk of emotional abuse and placed on the child protection register for 11 weeks in 2003.
The council said “Ms X” had two convictions in 2004 for failing to give blood samples to police after being stopped while driving. She was dismissed by one local authority in May 2005, but did not admit the fact when she applied successfully for a social work job with another authority a few months later.
During 2006, her sons were placed on the child protection register for three months on the grounds that they were at risk of physical harm, and for a further six months on the grounds that they were at risk of emotional harm.
Last year, while drunk, she bit her 16-year-old son on the arm. As a result, her 13-month-old grandchild, who lived with her, was made subject of a child protection plan under the category of “at risk of physical abuse”.
The GSCC decided she should not be allowed to have responsibility for protecting other people’s children when she could not look after her own.
It said: “The committee decided that the behaviour of Ms X was so serious that the only appropriate sanction was removal from the register. The allegation consisted of 26 separate parts, all of a serious nature, which were repeated over a prolonged period and there was a significant risk of repeating behaviour.”
Ms X was removed from the register immediately and can no longer practise social work, but she has a right of appeal to an independent tribunal.
Rosie Varley, chairwoman of the GSCC, said: “All social workers sign up to a code of practice when they register with us and the majority of the 95,000 people on the social care register find no difficulty in complying with this, providing high-quality care to the hundreds of thousands of people who use services.
“It is vital in order to preserve public confidence in those services that we address misconduct and take appropriate action against those who commit it.”

As a regulator, the GSCC’s role is to safeguard public protection. If a social worker’s behaviour, in or outside work, calls into question their judgement, honesty or commitment to helping others we must take action. We do this in order to ensure that only those who are fit, trained and committed to putting the interests of service users first are able to practise as social workers.”
http://www.gscc.org.uk/News+and+events/Media+releases/Ms+C+conduct+hearing.htm
Former Calderdale social services chief on child sex chargesPremium Article !Your account has been frozen. For your available options click the below button.Options Premium Article !To read this article in full you must have registered and have a Premium Content Subscription with the n/a site.Subscribe Registered Article !To read this article in full you must be registered with the site.Sign InRegisterFaces charges: Rod Ryall pictured in 1985
« Previous « PreviousNext » Next »View GalleryADVERTISEMENTPublished Date: 26 September 2009 By Colin DruryA FORMER Calderdale Council social services chief has been charged with 13 sex offences allegedly carried out against teenage boys in the 1960s and 70s.
Three of the offences relate to incidents when Dr Rod Ryall is believed to have been a Scout leader at Sowerby Bridge.
The other 13 concern his time as a master at the former Aycliffe Approved School in County Durham before he moved to Calderdale.
Dr Ryall, a 67-year-old Oxford graduate, spent 14 years with Calderdale Council between 1974 to 1988. He lived at Scar Bottom Lane, Greetland.He was arrested in June.
Yesterday Durham Police said: “A 67- year-old man from Mirfield has been charged with 13 sex offences.”
He will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court on October 15.
http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/Former-Calderdale-social-services-chief.5681482.jp
Exclusive: Secret list of rogue social workers booted for crime, corruption and pornJul 19 2009 Russell Findlay, Sunday MailA DOZEN rogue social workers who cared for Scotland’s most vulnerable people have been secretly struck off.A Sunday Mail investigation today reveals a shocking catalogue of criminality, corruption and incompetence in social services.One worker was struck off for running a stolen car racket and another for possessing child porn.Catherine Watt was struck off for life after being sacked as manager of Ramsay House children’s home in Clydebank for health and safety, financial and management failings.She also “obtained a management qualification by deceit” and breached West Dunbartonshire Council’s dignity at work policy.She was struck off by the Scottish Social Services Council, set up to regulate the profession in 2001. Watt said: “I deny all the allegations. I had 37 years of unblemished service and then this happened.”My former employers did a very good job on me.”Also given a life ban was Darren MacDonald, who “placed children at risk of harm” by botching 10 cases in Fife.Yesterday, married dad-of-three MacDonald, 30, claimed he had been “let down” by his former bosses at Fife Council.MacDonald, who compiled risk assessments on vulnerable children in Glenrothes, said: “I had been off with stress but they showed me no support.”They should have helped me instead of disciplining me.”It was my first job in social work and I was looking at about 30 cases at any one time.”I accepted there were failings on my part. I was struggling to tie up my cases and my bosses said children were being put at risk.”Others struck off this year are Karen Taylor, Catherine Forrest and Patricia Higgins, all of Glasgow, and John Donnelly, of North Lanarkshire.Taylor failed to “adhere to her employers’ absence management procedures and policies”.Donnelly failed to provide appropriate care for “vulnerable adults to their detriment”.Student social worker Forrest was banned for “dishonesty and plagiarism” in relation to university course material.And residential childcare worker Higgins failed to adhere to her “employers’ reporting practices and procedures”.The most high-profile social workers struck off are Kevin Glancy, 46, and Jackie McIlhargey, 44.Glancy – who worked with vulnerable children and families in Edinburgh – was jailed last year for having child porn.Fostering manager McIlhargey was struck off after the Sunday Mail revealed she ran a stolen car factory in Plains near Airdrie.Four more social workers have been struck off and, in the next month, four others face SSSC disciplinary hearings.They are Alan Mann, Glasgow, Margaret Gribbon, Clydebank, Derek Horrobin, Moray, and Heather Clark, Aberdeen.Mann is accused of using “inappropriate and degrading language” to a young client then criticising them for complaining.Deputy children’s home manager Gribbon was sacked by West Dunbartonshire Council two years ago. She is accused of 12 breaches of SSSC code of practice.They include failing to be “honest and trustworthy” and failing to comply with health and safety policies “including those relating to substance abuse”.Horrobin, of Buckie, Banffshire, worked part-time with children and families for Moray Council.He faces an SSSC rap for breaking the rules by running three licensed premises. In April, his licences were suspended for Bubbles nightclub in Buckie, Republica in Elgin and the Ben Aigen Arms in Mosstodloch.Grampian Police told councillors Horrobin had “a total disregard for the law” following violence and under-age drinking at Bubbles.Clark, 51, is accused of failing six vulnerable families and was sacked in March by Aberdeen City Council.The 12 breaches of the SSSC code of practice she faces include not being “honest and trustworthy”.She is also accused of failing to “minimise the risks of service users” harming themselves or others. Clark claims she and her colleagues were under such massive pressure they were all behind with records.She said: “They are making me out to be dishonest. I’ve nothing to hide but with no records I have nothing to back myself up.”The SSSC began holding disciplinary hearings three years ago. Since then, 19 social workers have been found guilty with 12 being struck off.Despite rooting out rogues, there are concerns that the SSSC keeps the public in the dark.They have previously refused to reveal any details about what sacked staff were found guilty of. Only in the past nine months have they begun to release basic details.But the public information is much less than that given by the English equivalent, the General Social Care Council.Respected Fife-based social work expert Alyson Leslie has been involved in four serious case reviews in England in the past year.Alyson, who chairs the General Medical Council’s disciplinary hearings, said: “The Scottish system is behind its English counterpart in terms of the information it makes available publicly about the nature of allegations and the facts found proved or not proved.”It is perfectly possible to provide this information without compromising client confidentiality.”Hard-working, hard-pressed, honest professionals don’t want the safety of the public or the reputation of the profession compromised by the small number of individuals who act unprofessionally or deliver poor standards.”Sssc chief executive Carole Wilkinson said: “Registration of the workforce is good news.”This gives more protection to those people who use social care services, many of whom are the most vulnerable people in society and deserve the highest standards of care.”We still have a way to go to get all care workers on the register.”
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/2009/07/19/exclusive-secret-list-of-rogue-social-workers-booted-for-crime-corruption-and-porn-78057-21531865/
Social workers ‘drugs claim’Chris Osuh
JUNE 15, 2009
TWO social workers have been arrested amid claims that one of them tried to sell cocaine to cops at a police party.
The women – who were employed by Manchester council – are alleged to have openly used cocaine in front of officers.
And one of them is said to have offered to sell some of the drug to them.
Now, one of the women, who was employed through an agency, has been sacked. The other has been suspended pending an internal investigation.
The party was held by Greater Manchester Police for people involved in child protection work. Social workers were invited.
It is understood that days later police searched Elizabeth House, a children’s services district office in Openshaw, and another district office in Manchester in front of shocked staff.
It is believed that sincein the aftermath of the arrests, senior management have been overseeing work in both premises.
Pauline Newman, director of children’s services at Manchester council, said: “A member of social work staff has been suspended pending investigation into allegations involving drug misuse during an after-hours staff celebration away from the office.
The allegations are also subject to a police investigation.
“The allegations also involved an agency worker whose contract has now been terminated. We expect the highest standards of behaviour from our staff and our actions reflect that we take these allegations very seriously.”
The women could face further disciplinary action from their profession’s regulatory body, the General Social Care Council.Greater Manchester Police said:“On Thursday May 28 2009, police in north Manchester arrested two women on suspicion of drugs offences.
“A 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession and supply of a class A drug.
“A 31-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug. Both were bailed until Wednesday 29 July 29, pending further inquiries.”
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1120683_social_workers_drugs_claim_

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5 Comments »

  1. I love it whenever peple get together and share opinions.

    Great site, keedp it up!

    Comment by Leila — September 10, 2013 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for finally writing about >List of Corrupt , Dishonest and
    Abusive Social Workers and Related Articles | UKCORRUPTFAMILYCOURTS <Liked it!

    Comment by Jody — May 8, 2013 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  3. add 3455 Veteran’s Memorial Highway.Mis Rose Stevenson from suffolk county Social Services she abuses her position as a government employee for CPS and fabricates , elaborates makes fictitious statements lies in her reports to albany stating she sent in pictures of injuries that did not exist , files a second false report, to make it appear the act was a history , adds the use of drugs even if u dont use and portrays the mother or one being investigated with malice intent her plan is to obstruct any investigation she is assigned to. if you have a hostile ex husband or boyfriend she partners up with them to create a web of deceit most of all she denies all who cross her path the intangible right of honest services. go to administrative hearing and they don’t want to hear the complaint they deny you your right to be heard even if u have documents, affidavits , pictures , and are being reported for an act when your child was not even with u may karma stroll her way

    Comment by lilliana — April 19, 2013 @ 2:00 am | Reply

  4. I think all Social Workers who have been caught out lying and have had to admit their dishonesty , no matter what the circumstances should be struck of ; this behavior undermines all the honest social workers . We have this type worker in Leeds who describes herself as an Advanced SW
    who is nothing but an advanced liar, who the best interests of herself.

    Comment by Virginia O'Brien — January 3, 2013 @ 8:12 pm | Reply

  5. YOU HAVE NOT MET ANY OF GLASGOW CITY CORRUPTED SOCIAL WORKERS AS WE ALSO HAVE THEM SCUMBAGS IN GLASGOW,EASTERHOUSE DEPT,MANAGER KEVIN MILLER, TEAM LEADER,JULIAN DONDALSON,SOCIAL WORKER LIZ MCKENZIE,,SOCIAL WORKER SIAN MILLARD.AS YOU CAN SEE THE SCUMBAGS WE IN GLASGOW HAVE SOCIAL WORKERS ARE LIKE CANCER THEY SPEARD EVERYWERE,NO STOPING THEM,ALL LIARS,

    Comment by ANNIE — March 10, 2012 @ 10:25 pm | Reply


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