Investigation by East Dunbartonshire Council into “inappropriate behaviour” in social work services

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East Dunbartonshire Council has started an investigation into allegations surrounding “inappropriate behaviour and culture” in social work services.

It is understood the allegations relate to alleged harassment and other related behaviours.

Ann Davie, Deputy Chief Executive for Education, People & Business wrote to social work staff on October 29 this year, advising them that the council had commenced the “serious investigation.”

On Monday, Ms Davie told the Herald: “We take any such allegations seriously and having been made aware of concerns in Social Work Services, we immediately launched an investigation and have been engaging with trades union colleagues on this matter.

“Our investigation will follow robust Council procedures and employees and trades unions will be informed of the outcome.”

Simon Macfarlane, UNISON Regional Organiser said: “This is a deeply concerning situation and it is right there is a thorough and detailed investigation.

“UNISON has been supporting members to raise their concerns and will continue to do so.

“It is vital the Council takes every step to ensure that confidentiality will be respected, there is the expected high standard of support given to those raising concerns and that all due process and natural justice is adhered to.

“Our Social Work members are tasked with the highly demanding work of supporting the most vulnerable members of the East Dunbartonshire community including at risk children.

“It is essential that East Dunbartonshire Council and the Health and Social Care Partnership provides a safe, supportive and well resourced working environment.”