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UWS social work student struck off after being caught dealing heroin

Daily Record logoDaily Record 05/02/2018 Chris Taylor

A student social worker has been struck off after being nabbed dealing heroin.

Paul Brown, who was enrolled at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in Paisley, was also collared for a slew of thefts and posting sexist posts on social media.

But he was banned from working in the care sector after being rapped by the industry watchdog.

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) barred the learner from working in care.

A tribunal report stated: “A number of parties have been adversely affected by your behaviour.

“Victims of your thefts were deprived of goods and money that was theirs.

“Comments made on Facebook caused upset and distress to those who viewed the comments.

“They also have a negative impact on how others might view the social work profession, given that you were a social work student at the time.

“Being convicted of an offence of supplying drugs is incompatible with the conduct expected of someone registered with the SSSC.

“This behaviour constituted a lack of professional awareness and understanding of the adverse impact of substance misuse on the lives of communities.

“It is inappropriate behaviour for a social services worker who is responsible for role-modelling acceptable behaviour.

“The behaviour falls far below the standards of conduct expected of someone registered with the SSSC.”

Brown was hauled into Glasgow Sheriff Court three times in a year.

He was convicted of eight separate shoplifting charges– including swiping packs of meat.

He also stole £170 and £160 at different times and pocketed bank cards.

The student was also hauled into the dock after he was caught dealing the killer drug.

Brown was convicted on each of the charges in the 12 months leading up to last September.

The yob was also nabbed after sexist rants were posted to Facebook while enrolled at the university in August 2016.

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His diatribes included stating “men have superiority over women”, calling the opposite sex “childlike” and insisting husbands and boyfriends should “take charge” of them.

One of the posts read: “If you want a woman to behave well, you have to teach her.

“She is still a woman, so requires discipline in the same way as a child.

“She actually craves for it.

“She will not ‘behave herself’ because she’s a well behaved girl.

“She will only behave if you command authority and in order to command authority, you must be superior, meaning visibly more competent and mature.

“The natural order will not be denied.”

Brown also recorded a private conversation with a vulnerable service user without permission in April 2016 and failed to turn-up for work for a fortnight just weeks later.

He blamed his behaviour on a “relapse into drug addiction”.

But bosses insisted there was a high probability of further breaches in care.

They maintain there would be a “serious risk to the public” if he was allowed to continued to work with vulnerable people.

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The report added: “Being convicted of an offence of supplying drugs is incompatible with the conduct expected of someone registered with the SSSC.

“This behaviour constituted a lack of professional awareness and understanding of the adverse impact of substance misuse on the lives of communities.

“A number of the allegations involve repeated thefts, which are acts of dishonesty.

“This is very serious behaviour.

“Service users have the right to expect honesty and integrity from social service workers in whom they and the public place their trust and confidence.

“Posting material online which is offensive, sexist and misogynistic in its content is behaviour which is wholly incompatible with the standard of conduct expected of a social service worker.

“Social service workers are expected to act in a non-judgemental manner and display respect for principles of equality.”

The University of the West of Scotland runs undergraduate and postgraduate social work courses at its campuses in Paisley.

The four-year study includes work placements with local authorities and face-to-face contact with families in crisis.

A UWS spokesman said: “The university is aware of the decision taken by the Scottish Social Services Council in relation to Paul Brown. But it does not comment on individual cases involving students or former students.”

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