Highlands & Islands

Dingwall-based senior social worker accused of failures

A senior social worker has been accused of falling asleep during a meeting with a family with four children who required council care and supervision.

Stephen MacKay was also charged with failing to produce adequate care plans for another family and write up a child protection report on time.

Following a hearing, he has been removed from the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) register.

Mr MacKay, who worked for Highland Council, can appeal the decision.

The accusations related to his time as a team leader and later a senior practitioner in Dingwall, Ross-shire, between May 2006 and August 2010.

A hearing was held by the SSSC conduct sub-committee in Dundee earlier this month.

Following deliberations, the committee revealed its decision to remove Mr MacKay from the register on Thursday.

Any amendments made by the committee to the charges will be published next week.

Mr MacKay has two weeks to appeal the decision.

If he does not appeal Mr MacKay cannot reapply to the register to work in social work for the next three years.

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