Social worker sexually abused women
Published Date: 12 February 2010A SOCIAL worker has been struck off for sexually abusing his clients.While working for Kirklees Council in 1997, Leslie Healey told a female service user he wanted to have sex with her.
He was removed as her social worker but about three years later used his position to find out her address and sent her a Christmas card.
And while working for North Yorkshire County Council in 2006, he visited another female service user at home, even though he was no longer her allocated social worker.
Here, he pushed her against a wall, tried to kiss her and touched her breasts and bottom.
Healey started a sexual relationship with a third female service user in 1998, taking her and her family on holidays and lending them more than £4,000.
He used his position as a social worker to pass confidential information to the family - information given from the children's school to North Yorkshire County Council.
Healey had admitted some of the allegations but denied sexual misconduct.
He did not attend a four-day hearing at the General Social Care Council in London this week and the allegations were proved in his absence.
Healey no longer works for either Kirklees Council or North Yorkshire County Council.
He was removed from the Social Care Register yesterday
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Oftsed inspector who lured teenage girls to strip in internet webcam chats is jailed
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 3:58 PM on 15th February 2010
A former Ofsted inspector who admitted getting teenage girls to strip during internet webcam chats has been jailed for two years.
Ian Knight - who also sat as a magistrate in West Bromwich - lured girls into going topless during webcam chats by posing as a 19-year-old named Reg.
Knight, 50, was caught out during a conversation with a 12-year-old identity created by police in a covert operation investigating internet child sex offences.
Raid: A laptop computer containing lurid web chats was confiscated when police swooped on Knight's home
Officers then raided Knight's West Bromwich home, seizing four computers including a Fujitsu laptop that contained logs of lurid chats he had with teens.
Wolverhampton Crown Court today heard married dad-of-two Knight would mostly tell girls he was 45 and from Birmingham, but occasionally gave his age as 19.
He would repeatedly ask teenage girls to send topless pictures of themselves, before pleasuring himself in front of his webcam and asking if they could see him.
Miss Alka Brigue, prosecuting, said: 'The reason he was arrested was that police were carrying out a covert internet operation by investigating people who appeared to have a sexual interest in children and who were using the internet to make contact with young girls.
'The police made a profile of a young girl called Katie, and using chat rooms they investigated the defendant, who made contact with her a number of times.'
The court heard Knight, suspended by Ofsted shortly after his arrest in September 2007, used the internet name 'Reg' - a reference to his teaching job, where Ofsted inspectors are known as Regs.
Behind bars: Knight has been jailed for two years
His barrister said Knight found himself on teen chat sites because his Ofsted job meant he 'had time on his hands'.
Miss Blondelle Thompson, defending, said: 'These are horrendous offences and he should have known better.
'During his time at work he found himself waiting for information to come about through the internet, and with time on his hands, he accessed the chat rooms.
'He can't really explain why he participated in them, save for that he put his life into reality and virtual reality.
'Sometimes inhibitions are thrown away when your not meeting someone face to face and talking, and things just seemed to escalate. He knows how these offences are viewed and it has had far reaching consequences. He has gone from having status in society to nothing.'
Knight had pleaded guilty to 15 child sex offences at an earlier hearing.
Sentencing Mr Knight, Judge Amjad Nawaz said: 'You had the privilege of education, the privilege of a good working life, and as a result you had the respect of many people around you and were trusted with not only children but you were also in charge of people who taught children.
'These offences will have come as a bolt out of the blue to your family. You engaged in sexual activity with these young girls and you effectively encouraged them to do similar acts.
'You also encouraged them to send photos to you of them in various states of undress. It is that element that came close to grooming, which is a real concern.
'You have lost everything - not just your good character, you stand on the verge of losing your job, your family and your home.'
Knight, who has since stood down as a magistrate, was disqualified indefinitely from working with children and will be on the Sex Offenders register for 10 years.
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Social worker may be struck off over series of allegations
LYING, POOR RECORD KEEPING AND FAILURE TO VISIT CLIENTS AMONG CLAIMS AT HEARING
A social worker who worked for a leading north-east charity is facing a catalogue of serious allegations over her conduct.
Jill Killen will appear in private at a disciplinary hearing in Dundee on Friday to face a series of charges relating to her time working for Grampian Society for the Blind.
Ms Killen, thought to have lived and worked in Moray, could be struck off by the Scottish Social Services Council if the allegations are upheld.
It is claimed she “failed in her duties as a social worker” and she is also accused of “lying”.
Ms Killen is alleged to have “consistently” failed to make contact with four people referred to the charity between September 2005 and July 2007 within the required 14-day period.
She is further accused of failing to make contact with one person for a year-and-a-half, and of not visiting the client for almost two years.
It has also been claimed Ms Killen took eight months to contact and visit another vulnerable person, in addition to similar charges relating to two others.
It is alleged that as a result, “vulnerable service users were not timeously assessed or provided with appropriate support or services”.
Ms Killen is also accused of failing to keep clear and accurate records of her cases, and not processing application forms which could have benefited her clients.
She is said to have acted “dishonestly” in that she allegedly shredded the management copy of her supervision notes, before falsely claiming there was no electronic copy of the papers.
The alleged failures are said to have occurred after Ms Killen received a final written warning in June 2004, following a finding of serious misconduct in which she was said to have misled her team leader about the processing of benefits forms.
Ms Killen was originally due to face the charges in September, but her hearing was postponed until last month.
It was then rearranged for this week.