Call for inquiry into inspectorate head

The Association of Directors of Social Work in
Scotland has called for a full and immediate inquiry into
allegations made against the head of the Social Work Services
Inspectorate for the Scottish executive, Angus Skinner.

An anonymous letter was sent to the executive
alleging that Skinner, who has served in his current role for over
12 years, was guilty of staff bullying and intimidation. It also
raised questions about his leadership and competence.

Although ADSW president Jim Dickie refused to
comment on the specific allegations or Skinner’s management style,
he said: “It is incumbent on the executive to address such issues
to remove all possible doubt or concern.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish executive
declined to comment on any individual case but admitted that
management was “aware of an allegation against a member of staff”
which “in the light of information received, this is being
investigated as far as possible.” Skinner is understood to be
contesting all allegations.

l Meanwhile, head of social services
operations at Telford and Wrekin Council, Phillip Warrilow, left
his post last week by “mutual agreement” after a long-running
investigation into the management of the department. He had been on
suspension since July.

A council spokesperson added: “The council
would like to make it clear that the investigation related to
management issues and these are being addressed. A restructure of
social services’ management is under way, as previously

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