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STOKE ON TRENT SUSPENDS EMPLOYEE NAMED IN CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY

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City of Stoke on Trent Council has suspended a care worker who was named by Ronald Waterhouse in his report into ch...
City of Stoke on Trent Council has suspended a care worker who was named by Ronald Waterhouse in his report into child abuse in north Wales care homes.

The Birmingham Post (19 February, p5) reported that the council refused to say what Joan Glover's role was as an employee. But a spokesman said that her work did involve families and that she would have come into contact with children.

He said: 'I can confirm Joan Glover has been suspended from her post. We found out yesterday morning and she was suspended within the hour. We inherited this person when we became a unitary authority. She was employed originally by Staffordshire CC, who would have carried out the checks.'

He added that the allegations made against Ms Glover were not of a sexual nature and that a full investigation was being carried out.

A statement issued on Friday by Stoke-on-Trent City Council read: 'The council can confirm that a member of staff has been suspended pending further inquiries as a result of the Waterhouse Report into child care in North Wales. The city council has informed the department of health of its action.'

The Independent (18/2/00, p1) reports that the employee was one of 28 known or suspected child abusers named in the report who have now been successfully traced by local government and the department of health.

The woman, who has a record of violence towards children, was believed to be the only one of the 28 still working closely with children.

Local authorities, along with NHS trusts and health authorities worked through the night checking 800,000 pension records to trace the 28 people.

One ministerial source said: 'Those who said it could not be done have been proved wrong. The NHS and local government have come up trumps.'

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