He joined them as an ultra-qualified, registered social worker with bags of experience. But what clinched it for this idealistic young people's champion was an unsolicited reference purporting to be from a former employer, describing him as an "easy-going fellow" with a "passion for children".He wasn’t a registered social worker though, he had no qualifications, and his glowing references were a pile of poo:
A Denbighshire council manager reported that in just two months of bungling, (redacted reference to name) he left Rhyl's child protection team in "chaos", causing serious problems for his one-time colleagues and putting vulnerable children at risk.So, what possessed these three councils to offer him a job in the first place?
A Highland council boss said (redacted reference to name and nationality) he frequently failed to turn up to supervision sessions and she had to "go and find him on several occasions".
In a night shift job at a children's emergency accommodation unit at the Together Trust, he was dismissed for "poor interaction with young people and persistent use of his personal mobile phone".
Well, the clue might be in the name I’ve redacted from that excerpt. It’s Christopher Nwokoro, and he was a Nigerian national.
It’s hard not to think that what really ‘clinched it’ for Nwokoro was the fact that he ticked the ‘diversity’ box on all three of those councils, isn’t it…?