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HACKNEY PROMOTED SOCIAL WORKER WHO STOLE FROM CLIENTS

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A care worker who left Oxfordshire CC in disgrace after stealing£1,000 from a bank account for vulnerable resident...
A care worker who left Oxfordshire CC in disgrace after stealing £1,000 from a bank account for vulnerable residents has been employed by Hackney LBC and given control of a £700,000 budget - with the full knowledge of senior officers, according to the Evening Standard (p6).

Confidential documents obtained by the Standard reveal the man lied about his past when he applied for the job at Hackney, but when the authority discovered the truth it allowed him to stay in his job, despite doubts about his honesty and ability.

The Standard claims the affair threatens the future of senior social services officers at Hackney who knew about the employee's past but allegedly did nothing.

Every council in Britain was warned by Oxfordshire CC in November 1993 to check with them before employing the social worker. The Standard says Hackney did nothing for 18 months before suspending him when he was being considered for another job, and allowing him to continue to work after issuing a severe reprimand.
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