Social worker banned for falling asleep during client visit

A senior child protection social worker who fell asleep during a meeting with a vulnerable family has been struck off the register in Scotland.

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A senior child protection social worker who fell asleep during a meeting with a vulnerable family has been struck off the register in Scotland.

Stephen MacKay admitted a series of allegations at a Scottish Social Services Council hearing last week, including failing for four months to visit a family in which the children were on the child protection register and subject to supervision requirements.

In other cases, he failed to complete adequate care plans, write up child protection investigations within the required timescales or keep up-to-date records of home visits.

Between May 2006 and August 2010, MacKay’s work repeatedly fell below the standards expected of him first as team manager and then as a senior practitioner in Highland Council’s children services department.

The SSSC’s conduct sub-committee decided to ban him from practising.

More details to follow.

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