Social worker struck off after bullying staff and allowing mother to practise while barred

16 September 2019 – Community Care

A social worker was struck from the register after he bullied staff at the adoption agency he co-owns, and turned a blind eye to his mother continuing to practise while barred.

A three-week Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) tribunal found that Iain Dickinson had been aware in early 2016 that his mother Collette Scott, his agency co-owner, was suspended but still allowed her to continue social work duties.

Mr Dickinson was also found to have intimidated three staff at the agency, New Leaf Adoption, which has since changed its name to Our Family Adoption. This included a manager brought in after Scott was suspended and another social worker who had previously worked with her.

The HCPC panel found he had told persistent and premeditated lies, and had “contributed to the creation of a toxic and chaotic environment at the agency, which… posed a risk of real harm to service users”.

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