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Social worker struck off over porn ruse

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A council worker who bribed teenage girls under the authority’s care to attend nude and lingerie photo shoots has been struck off the General Social Care Council register.

Christopher Hardman was a team leader at Kirklees MBC’s Youth Offending Team at the time he sent text messages and letters to a number of young women attached to the service under the guise of a model agency.

A hearing in London was told that Hardman, from Batley, West Yorkshire, had assumed several identities – some of them female – to encourage the girls to take part in the sessions in exchange for cash.

He also targeted the adult daughter of a colleague, who subsequently attended a session arranged by Hardman under an alias.

Hardman resigned from the authority in 2007 following police investigations into the allegations.

He did not attend the hearing but admitted misconduct in relation to a statement of facts surrounding his case.

The GSCC said Hardman had not practised as a social worker since leaving Kirklees and, following his removal from the Social Care Register, is no longer entitled to.

Rosie Varley, GSCC chair, said social work relied on the existence of a wholly professional relationship with service users.

“The vast majority of social workers, and there are almost 80,000 on our register, have no difficulty with this because they are absolutely committed to working in the best interest of the service user at all times,” she said.

“People who need social care services have the right to be protected from social workers who seriously abuse the trust placed in them, for the purpose of sexual gratification or for any other purpose.

“A social worker who abuses this trust should forfeit the privileges which come with registration and be removed from the workforce.”

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