Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Sacked social worker loses case against police

A social worker sacked over unproven allegations that he was part of a paedophile ring has lost a legal challenge over police handling of his case.

The man was contesting a ruling that the PSNI owed him no duty of care when informing his bosses at a children's home in Londonderry that he was not regarded as fit for the role.

Judges in the Court of Appeal upheld the decision after finding no evidence of negligence on the part of the police.

The man, who has not been named, worked at Nazareth House Children's Home during the 1980s and 1990s.

He was suspended in 1996 when a sexual allegation was made against him by a former resident.

Following an investigation he was reinstated and informed by the Director of Public Prosecutions that no further action was being taken.

Lord Justice Girvan ruled that the High Court was right to grant a direction to police and throw out the man's claim.

He added: “We dismiss the appeal accordingly.”