Struck off social worker loses appeal

A children's social worker who was struck off the social care register over a catalogue of failings has...

A children’s social worker who was struck off the social care register over a catalogue of failings has had her appeal dismissed by the First-tier Tribunal.

Jacinta Hofstetter, 49, was removed from the register after a General Social Care Council conduct committee found 28 allegations against her proved in July 2009, including placing children at risk, dishonesty, and rude and abusive behaviour towards fellow professionals.

She also did not disclose her dismissal for gross misconduct from Brent Council when she and her husband were applying to become adoptive parents, the committee found.

Hofstetter, who worked for the London borough between 1998 and 2002, appealed the GSCC’s decision on the grounds that it was based on flawed evidence and failed to take into account her arguments disputing the allegations.

The tribunal, which included Judge John Reddish, said “it would be possible to argue that some of the conclusions [of the committee] were unduly harsh”.

However, it found the decision to order her removal from the register was based on “compelling evidence”.

The tribunal concluded: “[Hofstetter’s] decision to resort to vituperation; to deny the undeniable; to “lash out” verbally at her accusers and to attack the probity and good faith of anyone who expressed criticisms of her, in response to both the Brent and the GSCC disciplinary procedures, betrayed flaws in her character which make her unsuitable to work in the field of social care.”

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