Manchester Council sacks social worker after cocaine arrest

A social worker has been sacked by Manchester Council after being caught possessing cocaine at a work-related party.

Niamh Duignan, 28, of Whalley Range, Manchester, was given a two-year conditional discharge by a judge at Chester Crown Court after admitting possession of the class A drug.

She was arrested on 28 May 2009 at a party along with a colleague, who was employed through a recruitment agency. The other woman was sacked shortly afterwards, while Duignan was dismissed following a disciplinary hearing.

The party was allegedly organised by Greater Manchester Police.

Duignan was ordered to pay costs of £85 and a forfeiture order for the drugs to be seized was issued.

Pauline Newman, the council’s director of children’s services, said in response to the incident in June last year: “We expect the highest standards of behaviour from our staff and our actions reflect that we take these allegations very seriously.”

Related articles

Manchester social workers disciplined over drug allegations

Belfast social worker suspended from register

More from Community Care

Comments are closed.