Conduct Hearing For Social Worker Who Failed To Declare Fraud Charges

A hearing into the conduct of a Registered Social Worker from London will be held on 14 and 15 June 2007 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 being sentenced for criminal fraud charges, failing to inform the GSCC of this conviction and providing a number of false employment records and references over a period of six years.

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.