A social worker caught engaging in sexual activity with a prostitute has been struck off the social care register.
Salas Kochuparampil Abraham, formerly employed within Hull Council’s children and families department, received a police caution for the offence. The social worker was caught with the sex worker in his car by police officers in Hull on 15 March 2009.
At the time, he was already under investigation by the council following accusations of inappropriate conduct involving a female service user, which led to a disciplinary hearing.
The young woman, who had been a victim of domestic violence, said Abraham had visited her at home and looked at “intimate” photographs of her on her laptop.
Abraham did not attend the General Social Care Council’s conduct hearing or put forward any evidence in mitigation. He had previously admitted most of the allegations against him in an interview.
His behaviour was “simply unacceptable and must not happen again”, the GSCC conduct committee found.
He had caused a vulnerable service user “considerable stress” and the fact that he was cautioned by police only a month later “clearly reflected a lack of insight”.
“These allegations, both individually and collectively, amount to serious breaches of trust.”