Directors call for inquiry into allegations against inspectorate head

There should be an immediate and full inquiry into allegations
made against the head of the Social Work Services Inspectorate,
according to the Association of Directors of Social Work.

The demand follows revelations that an anonymous letter was sent
to the executive alleging that Angus Skinner was guilty of staff
bullying and intimidation, which also questioned his leadership,
competence and claimed he has made no effective contribution to
social work.

ADSW president Jim Dickie made it clear that the association was
making no comment at all on the allegations or on Skinner’s
management style. Dickie said: “Any such allegations, particularly
against an individual in such a senior role, should be dealt with
promptly. It is incumbent on the executive to address such issues
to remove all possible doubt or concern.”

Dickie expressed his concern that social work in Scotland is
already under considerable pressure from changes in connection with
the establishment of the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of
Care, the Scottish Social Services Council, as well as wider moves
to integrate health and social work. Dickie continued: “There
should be no doubt as to competence, credibility and leadership in
a rapidly changing policy and practice context.”

An executive spokesperson refused to comment on an individual
case, but said: “Management is aware of an allegation against a
member of staff. In the light of information received, this is
being investigated as far as possible.”

Skinner has served in his current role for over 12 years,
initially being appointed as chief social work adviser to the then
Scottish Office. He is understood to be contesting all

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