John F Skinner

: Social worker

: SW39837

: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing:10:00 13/03/2017 End: 17:00 15/03/2017

: ETC Venues, Avonmouth House, 6 Avonmouth Street, London, SE1 6NX

: Conduct and Competence Committee
: Adjourned part heard

Allegation

While employed as Executive Head of Safeguarding and Wellbeing at Torbay District Council between 28 February 2011 and 4 June 2014 and while registered as a Social Worker, you:

 

1. In the case of Foster Carer A, on 19 September 2013, met with a junior colleague P, and you;

a) Told P that a payment should be made to Foster Carer A for "equipment set up", although you knew:

i) that the foster children were already in the house and

ii) that the house had been assessed as suitably equipped

b) Told P that a payment should be made to Foster Carer A from the Council's Capital Budget (Children's Adaptations), although you knew that the Fostering Team had not recommended any adaptations

 

2. You personally approved payments to Foster Care A of £1240.00 in respect of the funding application in 1 a and of £1725.00 in respect of the funding application in 1 b, despite the fact that you:

a) had a previously declared financial interest in the property; and

b) were aware that the house was to be sold

 

3. Your actions in 1 and 2 were dishonest

 

4. You inappropriately pressurised P into expediting the payment, in that:

a) on 28 January 2014 in a 1:1 meeting, you:

i) highlighted items requested by Foster Carer A in her application for funding; and

ii) reminded P that P should process the payments through you

b) On 12 March 2014, instructed P stating that P should "look into it (the payment to A) by the end of the day", or words to that effect

 

5. Your actions set out in paragraphs 1 - 4 above constitute misconduct

 

6. By reason of your misconduct you fitness to practise is impaired

Finding

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Order

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Notes

This hearing adjourned, part heard.  The date for the reconvened hearing is to be confirmed.

Hearing history

History of Hearings for John F Skinner

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
05/12/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Voluntary Removal agreed
01/06/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Suspended
13/03/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Adjourned part heard
25/07/2016 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Hearing has not yet been held