Social Worker receives interim suspension from HCPC after being found guilty of raping a child

Abdul Zaheer Khan- a Social Worker with almost three decades of experience in Social Work, education and youth justice- has received an interim suspension from the HCPC after being found guilty of raping a child.

Last week he was jailed for a total of 14 years for a string of horrifying sexually abuses against a child and today the HCPC have held an emergency hearing where he received an immediate interim suspension.

At the time of his conviction last month, Social Work Tutor raised concerns that he remained a registered Social Worker on the HCPC register. This concern was echoed by many readers who also questioned the HCPC procedures in place that could see a Social Worker in court for horrific sex crimes against a child, yet still registered as ‘fit to practice’.

HCPC records show that a hearing has finally been held today, with the convicted child rapist now receiving an interim suspension.

In March, the 55-year old Khan was found guilty of 18 charges, all relating to sexual abuse, during a trial at Teesside Crown Court.

He was convicted of eleven counts of indecent assault against the girl, six acts of indecency with a child, and rape.



In handing down the sentence last week, Judge Stephen Ashurst said:

“It is quite clear that over a period of seven years you abused (your victim) sexually on a continuous basis”

“A dark cloud hung over her while she kept quiet about the torment and abuse you perpetrated on her”

“Throughout this matter she felt degraded and unable to share her secret with others”

“You treated this girl as an object for sexual gratification. She was vulnerable and you exploited her vulnerability.”

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