Hearing Scheduled For Social Worker Who ‘Engaged In Inappropriate Relationships With Service Users’

The hearing into the conduct of a Registered Social Worker from Rugby will re-convene from 16 to 18 April, held by the social care workforce regulator for England, the General Social Care Council (GSCC).

The social worker is alleged to have committed misconduct and breached the GSCC’s Code of Practice for Social Care Workers by engaging in inappropriate relationships with service users. The hearing will take place from 10am on Monday, 16 April at Thistle Hotel Birmingham City, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6HY.

Through registration all social workers are accountable for their conduct and practice.  Action can be taken against social workers who breach the code of practice. They can be removed from the register if it is considered that they are no longer suitable to be a Registered Social Worker. Such decisions, which are not taken lightly, are taken to protect the public interest and the 1.5 million people who use social care services.

GSCC conduct hearings are normally held in public but people attending are advised to contact the GSCC on the numbers below to reserve seats and check the hearings are going ahead according to schedule. It is possible that a hearing may take place in private in accordance with the GSCC’s Conduct Rules if the particular circumstances of the case outweigh the public interest in holding a public hearing.

This will be only decided by the independent conduct committee on the first day of the hearing after inviting representations from the parties.