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Child welfare expert accused of falsely claiming PhD

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The disciplinary hearing is taking place at the Scottish Social Services Council headquarters in Dundee

A child welfare expert accused of falsely claiming to be a doctor is facing a disciplinary hearing.

Susan
Stewart ran Scotland’s Child and Family Assessment Centre and gave
evidence before the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee.
She
is accused of falsely claiming to have a PhD in psychology from Stirling
University and presenting herself as a doctor between 1995 and 2012.
A Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) hearing began on Tuesday.
The charge against her states
that she submitted a CV for a Stirling University teaching assistant
post, a job she started in 2012, which claimed she had a PhD from the
institution awarded in 1995.
She is also accused of submitting an
application form to Aberlour Child Care Trust, stating she had the same
qualification, for the position of service manager of Scotland’s Child
and Family Assessment Centre, a job she took up in 2010.
Ms
Stewart, 46, is also said to have used the false credential on a website
advertising a child and family consultancy run by her.
The SSSC
charge also says she prepared 59 child and family assessment reports
between 2003 and 2011 holding herself out to be a doctor in the
knowledge they would potentially be relied on by sheriff courts and
children’s hearings.
She
is also alleged to have falsely used the title “doctor” when promoting
the launch of Aberlour’s Child and Family Assessment Centre, while
running a session at the National Early Years Conference in 2010 and
while giving evidence at the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee in
November 2010.
The four-day hearing is taking place in Dundee.

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