Notts Social Worker Banned

A SOCIAL worker who went to the vet instead of dealing with a child has been banned from practising after a three-day hearing into her conduct.

Ruth Hughes, 27, who worked for Notts County Council, was found guilty of “prolonged and repeated” breaches of the code of practice for social workers.

She faced 15 allegations and was found guilty of ten at a hearing in London.

They included failing to accompany two young children across a road when taking them to school, and failing to respond to a concern about another child because she was taking her pet gerbil to the vet.

She also failed to record a report of abuse on a child.

The General Social Care Council said that, in reaching its decision, it had taken into account Ms Hughes’ apparent inability to learn from her mistakes, and her inability to function without intensive supervision – even after being qualified for over two years.

Removal from the register means that Ms Hughes cannot practise as a social worker, the hearing was told.

Sir Rodney Brooke, chair of the General Social Care Council, said: “Social workers are in a position of significant responsibility and have a duty to practise in a safe and professional manner.”