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Firm in paedophile case still being used

PUBLISHED: 01:34 17 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

THE company that employed paedophile care worker, Mark Clark, is still being used by Suffolk County Council, The Evening Star can reveal today.

The company's contract to supply care workers to the county was not renewed in June because Everycare was not prepared to meet the price the authority would to pay.

THE company that employed paedophile care worker, Mark Clark, is still being used by Suffolk County Council, The Evening Star can reveal today.

The company's contract to supply care workers to the county was not renewed in June because Everycare was not prepared to meet the price the authority would to pay.

However it is still licensed to provide care services in the county – and still provides care for county council clients on a case-by-case basis.

"We don't have a contract with the county because we weren't prepared to do the job for the price," said Roy Bradford, managing director of Everycare (SE Anglia).

"But we do still provide services for many of their clients," he added.

Mr Bradford said Clark had been employed by the company for less than two months – and left before it became necessary for him to complete police checks.

"Mark Clark was employed by Everycare (SE Anglia) Ltd between February and April 2001," he said. "During this time he worked as a care assistant for clients in and around Ipswich.

"References from former employers were more than satisfactory and his skills and experience either met or exceeded those required.

"As Mr Clark was not employed to work alone with children there was no legal requirement to undertake a police check, however it is part of our own internal process that all employees have a police check completed within two months of their hire date.

"It was during the timeframe when Mr Clark was being pressured for this to be completed that he left. It should be noted that during his period of employment all the feedback from clients whom Mr Clark visited was that he was an able care assistant."

The company had fully co-operated with the police into their

investigation.

Mr Bradford said the fact that the company insisted that all its employees be subject to police checks – not only those working with children – made it one of the most thorough in the country.


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