Monday, 9 June 2008

£10k bill for sex scandal claims

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A sacked social worker accused of inventing allegations that a council failed to supervise paedophiles has been told to pay Pfund10,000 expenses after dropping his unfair dismissal claim. Tony Child, of Dalston, complained he had been unfairly sacked by Dumfries and Galloway Council for whistle-blowing. He had been dismissed for making malicious allegations of bullying and harassment against former colleagues, but abandoned his case during the fifth day of an employment tribunal yesterday. During extended proceedings into his claim, Child, 61, made a series of sensational allegations which the council insisted were invented and which he subsequently withdrew. Jessel Gair, representing Dumfries and Galloway Council, told the tribunal in Glasgow that Childs behaviour had been vexatious, unreasonable or at the very least misconceived, and urged a judge to award the maximum Pfund10,000 costs against him. The solicitor added that the council maintained Child had invented allegations that the authority failed to supervise 17 known paedophiles due to lack of qualified staff. Other claims denied were that the council failed to police-check certain education staff with access to children, engaged an offender in a disability team, permitted unqualified staff to do work which should be carried out by qualified staff, detained two older clients inappropriately and forcibly in a secure unit in Dumfries, alleged a carer obtained money by deception from clients, inappropriately controlled finances and money of clients and failed to respond to safety concerns. Mr Gair said the council had no records that Child, of Sunnyvale, Highbridge, had ever made these disclosures to them.

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