Investigation urged into disciplinary proceedings against former county council youth worker later convicted of sex offences

Western Telegraph: Michael (Mik) Smith, jailed for six years for sex offences. Michael (Mik) Smith, jailed for six years for sex offences.

The leader of the council's Labour group has called for an independent investigation into circumstances surrounding a former youth worker sacked from Pembrokeshire County Council for ‘inappropriate behaviour’, who then went on to sexually abuse a young boy.

Michael (known as Mik) Smith was jailed last week for six years after admitting child sex offences.

He had worked as a line manager with Pembrokeshire Youth Service and had been sacked in 2012. 

Although none of the charges related to his time working at the authority, Judge Paul Thomas at Swansea Crown Court said Smith had been given "several warnings" about his behaviour before being dismissed.

Concerns about disciplinary procedures at County Hall following complaints made about Smith in 2005 were highlighted in a damning report into education ad safeguarding by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) and Estyn in 2011.

Labour’s Cllr Paul Miller has tabled a Notice of Motion to next week’s full council meeting that calls for the Minister for Local Government to investigate what happened.

It reads: “That the Minister for Local Government be asked to commission an independent investigation to look at the circumstances surrounding the 2005 disciplinary investigation into Michael Smith. The investigation should seek to ascertain the circumstances which lead to a now convicted paedophile being allowed to have continued access to Pembrokeshire children and should provide an assessment of the role of senior council officers in that process.”

Cllr Miller has also submitted a number of questions relating to the case including asking council leader Cllr Jamie Adams to provide a statement to council ‘setting out the facts of the internal disciplinary investigation undertaken in response to those concerns in 2005’.

He also asked for reassurance that if an investigation uncovered similar results as the one into Smith did that person would not be permitted to continue having unsupervised access to children.

Cllr Miller also wants it to be publicly stated which senior members of staff handled the 2005 investigation , who was made directly aware of it and its conclusions, and what precipitated the initial investigation.

His final question, linked to his Notice of Motion, reads: “Does the Leader believe that following the verdict earlier this month in the case of Michael Smith, there needs to be an independent inquiry to ascertain exactly who, employed by this authority, failed to act to protect Pembrokeshire children and why?”

Following the handing down of Smith’s sentence Pembrokeshire County Council issued a lengthy statement outlining the formal intervention taken by national inspectorates and said action had been taken.

It added that procedures had been changed completely and it is ‘confident that the failings of nine years ago would not be repeated now’.

Anyone with concerns were urged to contact the council duty team on 01437 776444 or the police on 101.

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2:32pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

maybe PCC should read this news story and think on

http://www.bbc.com/n
ews/uk-28213318

I'll say no more
maybe PCC should read this news story and think on http://www.bbc.com/n ews/uk-28213318 I'll say no more Tttoommy
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2:33pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

maybe PCC should read this news story and think on

http://www.bbc.com/n
ews/uk-28213318

I'll say no more
maybe PCC should read this news story and think on http://www.bbc.com/n ews/uk-28213318 I'll say no more Tttoommy
  • Score: -7

9:57pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Dave Edwards says...

Is there any truth in the rumour that a senior council officer recommended him to be a foster parent knowing that there were questions about his behaviour?
Is there any truth in the rumour that a senior council officer recommended him to be a foster parent knowing that there were questions about his behaviour? Dave Edwards
  • Score: 7

8:02am Thu 10 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

Tttoommy wrote:
maybe PCC should read this news story and think on

http://www.bbc.com/n

ews/uk-28213318

I'll say no more
At 7:00am my post had several "down" votes -

I wonder if those who voted suppotr paedophilia or just the usual apologists for a despicable council
[quote][p][bold]Tttoommy[/bold] wrote: maybe PCC should read this news story and think on http://www.bbc.com/n ews/uk-28213318 I'll say no more[/p][/quote]At 7:00am my post had several "down" votes - I wonder if those who voted suppotr paedophilia or just the usual apologists for a despicable council Tttoommy
  • Score: -11

8:52am Fri 11 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

must be the perverts voting me down as PCC are whiter than white ;-)
must be the perverts voting me down as PCC are whiter than white ;-) Tttoommy
  • Score: -7

1:13pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Rockface says...

Those that covered up for him are just as bad. They should be charged with Perverting the course of public justice which carries a life sentence! The Chief Executive Officer knew about this and did nothing to safeguard our children and their families.
Those that covered up for him are just as bad. They should be charged with Perverting the course of public justice which carries a life sentence! The Chief Executive Officer knew about this and did nothing to safeguard our children and their families. Rockface
  • Score: 4

10:51pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

Rockface wrote:
Those that covered up for him are just as bad. They should be charged with Perverting the course of public justice which carries a life sentence! The Chief Executive Officer knew about this and did nothing to safeguard our children and their families.
I really couldn't comment on what Bryn did in this dreadful situation, all I can say is that it's one thing If he is a bit selfish & greedy another thing IF he intervened in this despicable situation against current best/legal practice - on the other hand does anyone within the council have to worry about anything they do IF the Police seem to behave as PCC security guards and sod the Law of the Land as they know who their friends are? crabs,taught to be careful and all that funny hand shake gfreat architects thing - ladies night is lovely and its only a charidee anyway (ISN'T IT?)
[quote][p][bold]Rockface[/bold] wrote: Those that covered up for him are just as bad. They should be charged with Perverting the course of public justice which carries a life sentence! The Chief Executive Officer knew about this and did nothing to safeguard our children and their families.[/p][/quote]I really couldn't comment on what Bryn did in this dreadful situation, all I can say is that it's one thing If he is a bit selfish & greedy another thing IF he intervened in this despicable situation against current best/legal practice - on the other hand does anyone within the council have to worry about anything they do IF the Police seem to behave as PCC security guards and sod the Law of the Land as they know who their friends are? crabs,taught to be careful and all that funny hand shake gfreat architects thing - ladies night is lovely and its only a charidee anyway (ISN'T IT?) Tttoommy
  • Score: 1

5:24pm Sat 12 Jul 14

seaveiw says...

another chapter in the saga of the P.C.C.is there no end to it. each month something else turns up for them to deny any knowledge of. And then i thought my children were protected, i wonder are there any more paedophiles around,???
another chapter in the saga of the P.C.C.is there no end to it. each month something else turns up for them to deny any knowledge of. And then i thought my children were protected, i wonder are there any more paedophiles around,??? seaveiw
  • Score: 2

7:52pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Hyper-injunctions says...

seaveiw wrote:
another chapter in the saga of the P.C.C.is there no end to it. each month something else turns up for them to deny any knowledge of. And then i thought my children were protected, i wonder are there any more paedophiles around,???
Judging by the reactions to the 'youth of today' by commenters on other stories, I would guess there are more child haters than lovers in pembrokeshire.
[quote][p][bold]seaveiw[/bold] wrote: another chapter in the saga of the P.C.C.is there no end to it. each month something else turns up for them to deny any knowledge of. And then i thought my children were protected, i wonder are there any more paedophiles around,???[/p][/quote]Judging by the reactions to the 'youth of today' by commenters on other stories, I would guess there are more child haters than lovers in pembrokeshire. Hyper-injunctions
  • Score: 1

8:34am Tue 15 Jul 14

teifion says...

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http://pembrokeshire herald.com/6845/call s-bryn-resign-counci l-paedophile-scandal / teifion
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