Social worker guilty of “gross abuse” of his position

A Bradford children’s social worker found guilty of a catalogue of misconduct charges that included verbally abusing a vulnerable boy has been banned from practising.

A General Social Care Conduct Council has removed Stanley Lansdell, a former senior social worker at Bradford Council, from its register, saying his actions constituted a “gross abuse” of his position.

At a London hearing, the committee decided Lansdell, who had committed 59 counts of misconduct, had “deep-seated personality and attitudinal problems,” adding he had shown “no evidence of insight and posed a significant risk of repeating such behaviour”.

Earlier, the hearing was told by the GSCC’s counsel Lydia Barnfather that Lansdell, who called a senior colleague an offensive nickname numerous times, had even referred to her as a “tub of lard” and a “fat oaf” in correspondence to the GSCC, indicating he had no insight into his behaviour.