Social Worker Removed From The Social Care Register
A Conduct Committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) has decided the case of a social worker from London who was alleged to have breached the code of practice for social care workers. Misconduct was found against the registrant, Mrs Evelyn Mnene.
During the hearing, she admitted to producing false references, falsifying her employment history and failing to disclose relevant information to a number of organisations including the GSCC. She was removed from the Social Care Register with immediate effect.
The Committee took into account the seriousness of the misconduct, which included a conviction before the Crown Court that lead to a prison sentence. It considered the substantial period of time (more than five years) over which the admitted dishonesty took place.
The Committee was concerned at the Registrant’s lack of insight into the potential consequences of her actions. It concluded that by these actions the Registrant had brought the profession into disrepute. It took its decision to remove the Registrant from the Social Care Register to uphold public trust and confidence in social care services. Registrants have a right of appeal to the independent Care Standards Tribunal.
GSCC Chair Rodney Brooke said: “Social workers have a duty to act appropriately at all times, respecting the rights of service users and protecting them from abuse as set out in our Codes of Practice for Social Care Workers and Employers. All Registered Social Workers sign up to the codes of practice when they register with the GSCC.
“Social workers working with vulnerable children essentially should be trustworthy and of good character. The GSCC exists to promote high standards among social care workers and can take action against those who do not meet the standards laid down in the codes of practice. At the same time, we applaud the many thousands of social care workers who meet those standards and do so much to help vulnerable people.”
The decision follows a one day Conduct Committee hearing in London.