A residential child care worker who embezzled several hundreds of pounds from a Christian group has been banned from practising for three months.
Peter Campbell used faked receipts from his employer, the Kibble Education and Care Centre in Paisley, Scotland, and Renfrewshire Council to embezzle £800 from the Bridge Christian Fellowship between October 2009 and March 2010.
He also produced a genuine Renfrewshire Council invoice in January 2010, which required the fellowship to pay £124. However, he did not forward the money to the authority, the Scottish Social Services Council’s conduct sub-committee found.
The sub-committee noted that the incidents had occurred outside the workplace, and did not affect service users.
Campbell had shown regret and insight into his actions, and appeared to be a competent and experienced worker who was highly regarded by his employers and colleagues.
However, the sub-commmittee concluded that Campbell had shown a “significant lack of honesty and trustworthiness” that fell well below the standard expected of a social worker.
Campbell was dismissed from his job at the Kibble Education and Care Centre for gross misconduct.
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