A social worker who was convicted of persistently soliciting a woman for prostitution has been struck off by the General Social Care Council.
Paul Samuels, formerly employed by Ealing Council, London, did not tell the GSCC or his employer after he was convicted in March 2006 of soliciting the woman and “causing annoyance or nuisance”.
He also failed to disclose the offences when he applied for renewal of his registration with the GSCC in June 2008 and of his enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check in August 2009.
A GSCC conduct committee found Samuels had committed misconduct at a hearing today.
He did not attend the hearing but the committee heard that he had fully admitted his conviction and subsequent dishonesty during a disciplinary hearing in January this year. He had acknowledged the seriousness of the consequences of his behaviour.
But the committee said: “[Samuels] plainly behaved both in work and outside work in ways which call into question his suitability to work in social care.”