As a social worker, you are in a role that means you have direct and frequent contact with children. Often you are dealing with vulnerable service users in distressing situations. If you find that you have been accused of a sexual offence, this can be very upsetting for you.
At Sutton Defence Lawyers, we help social workers that have been accused of sexual offences. As experts, we aim to build a strong defence for any sexual allegations made against you. We will support you from the first day of instruction to ensure you receive the best advice and representation for your situation.
We understand that your role as a social worker is not only your job but your livelihood. Allegations of a sexual offence can be damaging to your reputation as a social worker and can have an impact on your family life.
Abuse of position of trust for social workers
Social workers are in a position of trust. Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, abusing a position of trust is illegal. This is where a professional such as a social worker engages in sexual activity with a person under the consenting age. In the UK, the age of sexual consent is 16, but the threshold rises to 18 in cases of position of trust.
Sexual offences are covered under the Act and can include crimes such as rape, attempted rape, sexual assault, child pornography or prostitution and trafficking.
What are the implications of abuse of a position of trust sexual offences for social workers?
Abuse of position of trust as a social worker can lead to internal employer investigations and disciplinary measures. You can face criminal proceedings and potential dismissal from your job.
A referral will need to be made to Social Work England as your regulator, which may involve an investigation to establish whether you are fit to practise. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) referral may have to be made too.
It is, therefore, important that you seek legal advice immediately when being accused of a sexual offence, as this may have an impact on different factors in your life.
Sexual offences defence lawyers for social workers
At Sutton Defence Lawyers, we specialise in providing representation for social workers and recommend that you instruct us straight away, to manage the damage that may be caused. We aim to advise on preventative measures to make your case as robust as possible.
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Being accused of a sexual offence can be a traumatic experience for everyone involved.
Our main priority is safeguarding our clients' rights and ensuring that your reputation as a social worker is protected as best it can be.