Children’s social worker to appeal against being struck off

A children’s social worker who was found guilty on 28 counts of misconduct in July last year is appealing her removal from the social care register.

Jacinta Hofstetter was struck off by the General Social Care Council after a conduct committee found a string of allegations against her proved, including that she had failed to inform a child’s foster carers he had witnessed a stabbing at his grandmother’s home.

She also told a 12-year-old boy who was living in a children’s home that a permanent foster placement had been found for him, but then failed to update him for five months.

Hid dismissal

And she did not disclose her dismissal for gross misconduct from Brent Council when she and her husband were applying to become adoptive parents.

Hofstetter denied the allegations and accused the GSCC of trying to “smear” her name. After a 23-day conduct hearing, the committee ruled that this lack of insight into her behaviour meant there was a “significant risk” it could be repeated.

It went on to describe Hofstetter’s conduct during the hearing as unacceptable, noting that she had snatched papers from a pregnant case investigator and made audible remarks while a witness was giving evidence.

The appeal will be held at the Care Standards Tribunal in London from 15 to 18 March.

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