GSCC: Ex-Haringey support worker barred for faking qualifications

A General Social Care Council conduct committee has barred a support worker after finding that she falsely claimed to have a professional social work qualification.

Angella Patience Annie Lutaaya was employed as a support worker by Haringey Council from October 2005 to January 2007. Despite not requiring a social work qualification for the role, she claimed to hold a diploma in social work and administration from the Makerere Institute in Uganda, and was thereby admitted to the GSCC register.

However, the GSCC found that the qualification was false and that Lutaaya had provided fraudulent documents to back up her claim.

Never attended institute

The committee heard evidence from the academic registrar for the Makerere Institute, who said that Lutaaya had never attended the institute and that his signature had been forged on fraudulent correspondence.

Lutaaya tried to conceal her deception by blaming the institute for incompetence.

GSCC chair Rosie Varley said: “Of those on the GSCC register, 6,462 trained outside of the UK and bring not only invaluable skills, but also cultural diversity to social care. It is important that we take appropriate action against misconduct to ensure a high quality of care is provided to the hundreds of thousands of people who use services.”

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