‘Dishonest’ local social worker who failed to record meetings with sex offenders is struck off

A social worker who failed to record meetings with sex offenders has been struck off.

Colin Smith faced a string of dishonesty charges at the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), including lying about meetings with services users and failing to carry out risk assessments.

The Arbroath man committed the offences between June 2012 and January 2016 while working for Angus Council.

Between November 2013 and February 2014, Smith failed to carry out weekly meetings with a sex offender as well as failing to tell his line manager he had not been carrying out the meetings.

Smith told a Multi-Agency Partner Protection Agency meeting in January 2014 that he was in weekly contact with the service user when he wasn’t.

He additionally failed to carry out weekly visits with another registered sex offender in 2012 as well as failing to carry out a risk assessment on his employment and tell Aberdeen City Council that the man was living in Aberdeen. Risk assessments were not carried out for four other service users in 2012.

Smith made false claims about meeting service users in December 2015, including falsely stating in his diary sheets that he was visiting a service user in Perth prison, when he had in fact been released in November 2015. He failed to meet with seven other service users between December 2015 and January 2016.

A report from the SSSC stated: “The allegations are serious and violate fundamental values of the profession.

“You have acted in a dishonest manner and failed to provide an acceptable level of care to numerous service users over a sustained period of time. This suggests that the behaviour is incapable of remedy on your part.

“There is a public interest in maintaining trust and confidence in the register and upholding proper standards of behaviour in the profession. The behaviour damages the reputation of the profession. There was concealment of wrongdoing as you failed to advise seniors that you were failing to maintain contact with the offenders.

“In some cases you have written in your diary that you were seeing offenders when you were not, which constitutes dishonesty.”

An Angus Council spokeswoman said: “We note the findings of SSSC.”