Jailed social worker struck off

A social worker who was jailed for having sex with a service user and placed on the Sex Offenders Register has been struck off the social care register.

The General Social Care Council decided Christopher Bradford, an approved social worker, was gulity of misconduct, following a three-day hearing in London this week.

Bradford, a former employee of Hampshire Council, pleaded guility to having sex with a service user at Bournemouth Crown Court in June 2006. He was given a 17-month sentence.

He has started a sexual relationship with the woman, known as A, after she had been referred to him for counselling for post-natal depression.

In a statement, the GSCC said Bradford’s relationship with A had been exploitative, given her dependence on him, and that he should have been “very aware of the professional boundaries and their fundamental role in social work practice”.


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